Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1 Year Anniversary

For those of you who don't know, I have just completed my first year of blogging! 
I never thought I would last this long, I'm usually the type that quits halfway through something.

In the last year this blog has received:

  • Nearly 5800 page views
  • 3 followers

And considering I never did any advertising (myself, anyway) or commenting on other blogs, that's pretty good. 

Also, in this past year I have acquired one new favorite anime:
Magi
I'm sure you saw that one coming


















And two new favorite manga series:                                                         
Skip Beat!
A superior shoujo manga.






















And Solanin
This is one of the few stories that I can
actually say changed my outlook on life























Special thanks to those who follow my blog, trust me when I say I appreciate you guys A LOT. 
I hope to gain even more followers and page views in the next year of blogging!
Thanks again!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Genshiken Review

Genshiken 


As I've been doing for awhile now, I've been marathoning series that have sequels airing in the summer season. This series was something I wanted to watch in the first place, since it seemed like something I would enjoy. Did I like it? Read on to find out!

Synopsis


Sasahara Kanji is a college freshman who decides to join a student society to share his hidden thoughts on manga, anime and gaming.

When he first visited Genshiken, short for "Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuu Kai" (Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture), his groundless pride was destroyed by the plotting of Madarame, a sophomore student in Genshiken, but he still couldn't admit that he is an otaku.

However, as he participates in society activities such as visiting dojin (private publishing) shops and anime festivals, and hangs out with other society members Kosaka (a hardcore otaku despite his extreme eccentricities and good looks), Kosaka's girlfriend Kasuga Saki (who isn't really an otaku), Ohno (a cosplayer) and the others, he opens his mind and resolves that he will make his way into the otaku world. With their help, Sasahara slowly adjusts to otaku life in Genshiken.


The Visuals


The visuals for this series changed in every season. In each season, they're pretty good, but I think they were best in the first season. The style isn't too cartoony with some characters, but with other characters it's a bit more cartoony. Personally, I found characters much more interesting when they looked a little silly.








The Soundtrack


The soundtrack was good. It's okay to listen to, but it's not really something I would listen to on a regular basis. The opening theme in the first season was fun, but I pretty much ignored the others. I didn't really have any fondness nor qualms with the ending themes.




The Characters


Genshiken's cast has to be one of the best casts of characters I've seen in awhile. I love the cast of characters because, like them or not, the characters in this series seemed like both real people and kind of like certain stereotypical anime characters at the same time. Not many series I've seen have managed to accomplish that. 








Favorite Characters


Harunobu Madarame

Madarame's eccentricity is both hilarious and lovable. He's the character that stood out the most to me because he made me laugh the most, and he's one of those characters that you wish was real and could be your friend. At least, to me, that's the case.





First President

I liked him because he seemed like a ghost or an alien almost every time he appeared. He's also quite mysterious, you never really know his name, and who knows how old he is.





Least Favorite Character


Saki Kasukabe

I don't necessarily dislike Saki, but there are times where she just pisses me off. I mean, all she does is complain and make fun of most of the members. Towards the end this is less of a problem, but she was still like that for a majority of the series.








The Story


It follows people joining Genshiken, which is a college anime/manga/video game club, and lets you watch the characters grow, as well as their relationships. It's a pretty simple concept, but it was done in an excellent fashion. The characters are lovable, and their development is superb. I also like how this show doesn't completely forget about its characters as well.








Overall


Genshiken was a great deal of fun to watch. It was funny, but it had its moments where they were serious. So, I think it's needless to say that I loved this series, and I most definitely do recommend it.

Story - 9/10
Characters - 10/10
Music - 7/10
Voice Acting - 8/10
Visuals - 8/10

Overall - 9/10

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ga-Rei: Zero Review

Ga-Rei: Zero 


I've been a bit curios about this series for quite some time, even more so recently because I've been reading a manga who wrote the manga series this anime is a prequel to. And, well, this show was quite an interesting find...

Synopsis


The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Paranormal Disaster Countermeasure Headquarters. They're the ones responsible to protect Japanese soil and its people from supernatural and paranormal events. However, things didn't go so well in one of their missions, which leads to intervention by the Ministry of Enviroment's Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division after the PDCH has sustained large numbers of casualties battling demons.


The Visuals


The visuals in this series were very nice and detailed. Though the heads on some of the characters looked a bit unbalanced with their necks to me(mainly the females, didn't find that problem with the males). But the settings, the creatures, the gore all looked really good (well, the gore looked so good it was hard to look at).








The Soundtrack


The music in this series sounded almost like music you would hear in a movie, it's that good. It adds to the tension, the melancholy, whatever mood they're trying to portray works even better with the music.




The Characters


There were an array of characters in this series. Some cool, some funny, some dry, and some that just generally pissed me off. Overall, a pretty good cast. There were some characters I just couldn't love or hate, like the most popular character in this series, Yomi. Part of me liked and pitied her while another part of me just couldn't justify her actions. 







Favorite Characters


Noriyuki Izuna

He made me laugh the most out of anybody in this series. He also seems like a genuinely nice guy, even if he's a bit of a pervert. I especially liked his relationship with Yomi, and their little quarrels.






Nabuu Brothers

Twins being voiced by Norio Wakamoto. Also, their speech is very simple, and that, combined with the voice of Norio Wakamoto, is a dynamite combination. I just wished they had more lines.





Least Favorite Characters


Yuu Isayama

It seemed to me, every time I saw him, that all he cared about was his family's inheritance. He didn't give a damn about his brother, or his adoptive niece, all he cared about was the damn money.






Mei Isayama

With her, it's a bit different than with her father. She just seemed way too uppity with the way she carried herself. Well, you can say that everything she did was pretty much the calmest bitch behavior I've ever seen. 








The Story


Our main characters are exorcists. They have to exorcise spirits that bring taint and misfortune upon the world. Sometimes this means having to kill people you know, sometimes even friends or family. It may seem like a depressing series, but it has plenty of light-hearted and comedic moments in it. It also tends to keep you at the edge of your seat at times, it can get quite exciting.







Overall


This was a great series, I'm glad I gave it a shot. I do recommend it, but let me advise you on one thing: skip the first episode. You're introduced to a whole set of characters who do not have any speaking appearances later in the series, and they all (SPOILER) die by the end of the episode anyway.

Story - 8/10
Characters - 7/10
Music - 9/10
Voice Acting - 8/10
Visuals - 8/10

Overall - 8/10

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bokura ga Ita Review

Bokura ga Ita


What I expected when I first started watching this anime was a sweet, innocent, typical shoujo romance series. Well, that's not exactly what I got.  Instead of a wishy-washy romance series I was treated to a soap opera worthy drama fest. Does that mean it's bad? No, not necessarily.

Synopsis


Nanami Takahashi welcomes the start of her high school life with great expectations of making as many friends as possible. There is much talk among the girls about a popular boy, Motoharu Yano, who has 2/3 of the girls in his middle school liking him. When Nanami asks Yuri Yamamoto, the girl sitting next to her, about Yano, the latter curtly replies that she dislikes him. Nanami is clueless of who Yano is until the day of the class nomination when she made a fool of herself by calling the name of her new friend wrongly. It turns out that she has actually met Yano along the corridors (unaware of his true identity) and he tricked her by providing a random name, resulting in the embarrassing incident in class. Nanami was initially mad at Yano but after a few encounters with him, she begins to find herself liking him.


The Visuals


The visuals in this series were...decent. I mean, they were cute, but at times the characters' ears reminded me of monkeys and sometimes people's eyes would just not be there. That doesn't happen every once in awhile but multiple times in  EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE. But, the backgrounds were nice throughout.









The Soundtrack


This series has a good soundtrack. The background songs were all nice, but while watching the show, none of them really stood out. The opening theme was also somewhat obnoxious. However, the multitude of ending themes wasn't so bad though. One in particular, Merry Go Round, was really good.




The Characters


This show has a decent cast. You have your mediocre characters, the annoyance, a creeper, a few good, and a few great. I was kind of iffy about the heroine. This was another one of those shows I've seen, kind of like Itazura na Kiss, where I question why the heroine even likes the guy. She's miserable! But at times, she's funny and cute, so I never really knew whether I liked her or not. 







Favorite Characters


Masafumi Takeuchi *SPOILERS*

I have a thing for really nice guys. Takeuchi is indeed a really nice guy, almost too nice, in fact. As Yano's best friend he acts as his pillar of support for most of the series. Then we get into whole liking his friend's girlfriend issue, and the way he handles it is like my family handles food: sure, you can take it now, but that won't stop me from trying to get it later. That's not a very good way to handle things, but that is WAY nicer than the way some other people may handle it. That's why I like him.


Ayaka Takeuchi

Ayaka is the supportive older sister character, and a peculiar one at that. Though she is supportive of Yano and Nana, she's even more supportive of her brother (for obvious reasons). She even tricks someone to help her brother out. Though, there's also a very nice atmosphere about here, can't really describe it.









Least Favorite Characters


Yuri Yamamoto

I pitied her at first, but there came a point where she just pissed me off with her creepiness. I mean, damn, she's a total creeper. Things would be happening and she would just be there. I wouldn't call her a stalker, but I'd definitely call her obsessive, and a creeper.





Motoharu Yano

There are cases in shoujo anime and manga where I just don't get what is so appealing about the main love interest. This guy is a giant child, maybe even worse than a child! He constantly contradicts himself, he gets jealous super easily, and he's just ridiculously selfish for a majority of the series.  








The Story


A girl hates a guy, then falls in love with him after some time, eventually they go out, and then all hell breaks loose. Yeah, that pretty much sums it all up. There's so much drama in this show, and I'm not going to tell you why, watch it yourself to find out. Though, I will tell you that this show can be moving at times. It definitely triggered emotion from me, though most of it was anger or frustration. There are times when this show is cute, sweet, and even funny. And all of it comes together in a pretty good manner. 






Overall


This was a good series, probably amongst the better shoujo series I've seen. I would recommend it if you're into shows with lots of drama, if not, you should probably steer clear of it.


Story - 8/10
Characters - 7/10
Music - 7/10
Voice Acting - 6/10
Visuals - 6/10

Overall - 7/10

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rozen Maiden Review

Rozen Maiden


I usually watch the prequels to the series premiering in later anime seasons. Since a sequel to the Rozen Maiden series was announced, it gave me motivation to watch a series that I had already wanted to watch in the first place. Well, it's already been said that I look forward to the sequel, but what do I think of its predecessor?

Synopsis


Sakurada Jun spends his days online, ordering whatever he takes a liking to, only to return it before the payment is due. Due to psychological trauma from school, Jun generally keeps contact with people as little as possible. One day he finds instructions online that tell him to put his order into his desk drawer. Rubbing it off as a joke, Jun mindlessly does so only to find that his order instantly disappears from his drawer. A package suddenly appears, containing a beautiful antique doll. When wound up, this doll comes to life. Sadly for Jun, this doll Shinku views Jun as an equivalent for a servant. Despite the constant demands Jun now receives from Shinku, she slowly helps him overcome his fears of human contact as well as protect him from the deadly battles that come into his life due to her appearance.


The Visuals


The visuals in this series are pretty unique. They are very artistic in a sense that they feel odd, yet old-fashioned at the same time. The character designs in particular are very eye-catching. Each of the dolls are beautiful in their own individual way. I can't really explain how this style appeals to the eyes, but just look at it, can you deny that it's gorgeous?







The Soundtrack


This series has a wonderful general soundtrack, the first opening theme was also good. However, I was not fond of the ending themes or the opening theme of the second season. Aside from that, this is a pretty lovely set of tracks, filled with songs that can trigger a variety of emotions.





The Characters


This series has a very good cast of characters, though there are some irritating ones in the mix. With the exception of one I grew to love each and every one of the dolls, of course there were some I liked more than others. As for the human characters...well, they were okay..aside from Jun and the otaku lady the rest of them were kind of boring.. 








Favorite Characters



Souseiseki

If you asked me why I liked her the most...well, I honestly don't have an answer. I just liked her for no reason, maybe it was because she was so noble or maybe it was because she was the tomboy. I have no idea.







Hina Ichigo

At first, I found her really annoying, but I guess she grew on me... a lot. She's pretty much a little innocent child caught up in this bloody mess. Yeah, she's a little baby. I liked that about her, she was not as serious as the others, and would react to certain things like a small child would. I guess you could say I liked her due to my love of children.




Least Favorite Characters



Barasuishou

Yeah...no. I didn't like her at all, she was basically an emotionless monster throughout her appearance in the series. She only displayed emotion once and when it happened I had no remorse for her. In fact...I think I laughed at her..








Megu Kakizaki

She's weird. I've never seen a character so enthusiastic about her own death. Well, in her situation it is mildly understandable, but still. She looked so happy when she was getting close to dying, she made me cringe.







The Story


The concept is both simple and complicated at the same time. Living dolls have to battle each other and whoever claims all of  the Rosa Mystica can become the perfect girl and be reunited with Rozen, the creator of the dolls, also referred to as their "father." Some of them refuse to battle, while others are debating whether to do so or not. And of course, there's one doll who wants to battle no matter what. It's a unique concept and it was executed beautifully.







Overall


Rozen Maiden is a very creative and beautiful series, I can't say that enough. I'm very much excited for the new series that's coming out in the summer anime season.

Story - 9/10
Characters - 8/10
Music - 8/10
Voice Acting - 7/10
Visuals - 9/10

Overall - 8/10

Now, of course I do recommend this series.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Manga Spotlight - Solanin


Now, I know that I don't usually do posts exclusively about manga, but I felt that I had to talk about this one in particular. 

I had bought a physical copy of this work about two weeks ago on amazon because I'm quite a fan of the author, and also because I really wanted to own some actual copies of manga. I have to tell you that even though it was a spur of the moment decision, I'm really glad I bought it.

I had been planning on reading this and one of the author's other works, Subarashii Sekai (known as What a Wonderful World! in English) , but whenever I went online to read them I just had this feeling of "no.."
As I browsed amazon for the usual video game sales and whatever, I had the idea in my head "If I actually buy a copy of the work I'll definitely read it!" And low and behold, after buying a copy and reading the whole thing, it's become one of my favorite manga.

The synopsis is as such:
After graduating from college, Meiko went straight to work as an office lady, but she can't help feeling there should be something more to life. Determined to find a worthier goal, she quits work, but can she actually make her neubulous dreams come true- and how will her sudden decision affect her relationship with her boyfriend Taneda?

Sounds like a pretty general slice of life story, right?
WRONG!

Kato
It is indeed a slice of life story, but it manages to be realistic, and at the same time, unpredictable. The characters really feel like real people. Like, I feel like if I looked around town, I might find people exactly like these characters. Each of the most prominent characters, aside from the ever so hilarious Kato, are somewhat recent college graduates that are managing in their generic office jobs.

Each of the characters have the same general thoughts:
"Am I happy?"
"Shouldn't there be more to life than this?"



Naruo
So our protagonist, Meiko Inoue, after having such thoughts quits her job, and spends her days loitering
around her and her boyfriend's apartment and exploring town.
She is basking in the freedom of not having a daily routine, but it all feels empty. She still wants to do something, and she's trying to figure out what.

Now, of course, things aren't going to go perfect after making such a decision. There are going to be fights, you're going to have to face criticism, you're an adult, you're supposed to know how to deal with these things. Still, when you're young, you're optimistic, you have big dreams, but don't know how to fulfill them. You don't want to have a boring job in an office, you want so much more out of life.

Eventually, Meiko's boyfriend, Naruo Taneda, begins to have thoughts similar to Meiko's. He doesn't like his job, he wants more out of life! So he decides to quit his job too! They're tight on money, they can't keep up with their bills with no source of income!

As the story progresses, music gets more and more involved in the story. It goes from being a hobby, to a potential way to make a living. This is probably where I got the most interested in the story. They're putting effort in their practice, they have a song written, they're excited, but they have doubts.

As I read this I felt like "shit..this could be me in 5-6 years." I'm still young, I'm optimistic, but at the same time, I have doubts about whether I can accomplish my dreams. I mean, how many bestselling authors do you know? How many hit screenplay writers do you know? Chances are you don't know any. Maybe one if you're lucky. That's why my backup plan is, well, a generic office job. But that's acting more as self-punishment than a backup plan.
Meiko

I also want to talk more about the characters, particularly the protagonist, Meiko.

Meiko has to be one of the most relatable protagonists in any story I've ever read or seen. Meiko is pretty much the embodiment of the young adult. That phase where you're not quite a kid anymore, but you're not exactly a complete grown-up either. Her decisions are reckless, yet understandable. But as the story progresses she begins to realize more and more that hey, you're an adult now. You have responsibilities, whether you like them or not. Unexpected things happen, and she grows up because of it. She begins to settle, she's still a dreamer, she's still trying out different things, but she gets back to work. She is perceived as mature by her younger coworker, but she doesn't feel she's quite there yet.

That's pretty much how I see myself, and a lot of my friends, as we get to that phase of life. The fact that I'm getting close to that point scares me a bit.

Of course, I'm not going to stop without talking about the rest of the most prominent characters.

Ai
Kato's that one guy who stayed back at college. He didn't stop after four years, but his classmates treat him as a graduate. He's still very much immature, he has many moments where he fools around in a childish manner, which were definitely some of the funnier moments of the story. But he also grows up, he cleans up (and hates it), and applies for jobs.

Ai is Kato's girlfriend who was charmed by is persistence after rejecting him numerous times. She's probably the most mature one in the group. She maintains her job, and her relationship much like an adult woman would. But, yet, you find her going out with probably the most immature member of the group. You can see how the two of them balance each other out.


"Rip"
And last, but not least, we have "Rip" (whose real name is Jiro). Rip is a bit of a balance between mature and immature. Sometimes he displays childish behavior, but he does show his grown up side throughout the story. He thinks realistically, but he still treats his musician dream as a hobby. He's also very funny at times, and to be honest, I would very much like to be friends with a guy like him.

Throughout reading this I saw my friends in these people, I saw them being in states similar to these characters. I saw us having the same thoughts, hell, I know people who already have such thoughts and they're not even out of high school yet.

I can't state enough how real this characters felt.

This was more than just a really good manga I read. It was a learning experience, it really was. It gave me the realization that I might not like the way I live when I'm older, and I'll have to deal with it. I can still have my dreams, but I can't count on them for a steady future.

And that, my friends, is a life lesson.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer 2013 Anime

We're getting close to the end of this current anime season, and we already have a pretty good idea of what will be airing next season. Yes, it's that time again, where I shall list the anime of next season and my thoughts about them.

A chart for the summer season can be found here:
summer 2013 anime chart

As always, the list shall be in order of interest:


The World God Only Knows III

Synopsis:
Third season of The World God Only Knows.

Opinion:
Yes, yes, and YES!!! I'm a bit too giddy about this series, mostly because this season covers the Goddess/Old Conquest Arc, which features my favorite character of the series, Yui (the boyish girl who was once a generic shy rich girl), plays a big role in it. Also, it's my favorite arc in the manga, so I am definitely pumped for seeing this animated.






Danganronpa

Synopsis:
A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you'll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder. The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. If the other classmates discover the identity of the killer, the killer is the only one executed. However, if they fail to catch the killer, only the killer graduates and the others are annihilated. Which of the 15 will survive the bloodbath to come?

Opinion:
This is a show about a large group of over-exaggerated anime characters...trying to kill each other...YES! This show looks awesome, and boy, they have one hell of a cast. Their cast includes the voices of Kirby (YES) and Doraemon (never seen the show, but I most definitely know of it). Also the animation looks really good, it's kind of similar to Shingeki no Kyojin's. So yes, this is one of the shows I'm looking forward to the most.


Kimi no Iru Machi

Synopsis:
Eba Yuzuki, a girl from Tokyo moves to a countryside to attend high school. She lives together with a guy named Kirishima Haruto whose father is an apprentice of Eba's father. Haruto never agrees to let Yuzuki stay at his house and always rejects her. Another girl, Kanzaki Nanami, comes whom Haruto might be in love with. So... what will happen in this story?

Opinion:
I've been meaning to read the manga this is adapted from for quite some time, but never felt like doing it. I had watched an OVA based off of it, and it was a damn good OVA. Not to mention the manga it's based off of is a very popular romance series, and I do love my romances. This will indeed be a must watch for me.



Free!

Synopsis:
The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways.


Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.

Opinion:
Oh, my sweet, sweet controversial swimming anime. I've been waiting for this ladies and gentlemen, a KyoAni show... all about MEN. Meh, just kidding, but I do look forward to watching this...for the swimming...yes...that's why... All jokes aside, I'm just hoping these guys act like guys and not like stereotypical shoujo manga guys.


Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Synopsis:
God abandoned the world on Sunday. As a result, nobody in the world can die or reproduce. A little girl, Ai, is the gravekeeper for a village. She has prepared 47 graves for the eventual deaths of every member of the village. Later, a boy who identifies himself as "Hampnie Hambart, the 'Man-eating Toy'," which is coincidentally the name that Ai's mother left behind as the name of her father, arrives in the village and slaughters everybody. Just what is going on?

Opinion:
This show looks really good. I had seen the trailer for it, and boy am I hyped. However, there is one turn off for this show as it seems to me now, which is..it looks depressing. I love moving stories just as much as the next person, but when a show is really depressing, well, I don't feel "right" watching it. Don't get me wrong, I'm really interested in the story, but all I'm hoping is that it's not too depressing.


Gin no Saji

Synopsis:
Yugo Hachiken dreams of life separated from his family, so he takes the initiative by enrolling in an agriculture school. He thinks, with his talent in studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he attends. He is proven wrong very quickly. Raised as a city boy, he is forced to uncover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken, as he tries to keep up with his new friends, farmers' heirs, who are already accustomed to the harsh world of farming. With no clear goals or understanding of farming life, how will Hachiken survive this new, cruel reality? The story of a sweat, tear, and mud-stained youth begins!

Opinion:
The transition from life in the city to life in the country is very harsh. This concept will be pretty entertaining, as we'll watch the main character either adjust to country life or be completely traumatized by it. Also, the author of the source material also made a little manga called FULL METAL ALCHEMIST, so needless to say, my expectations for this series are rather high.  



Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! 

Synopsis:

Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys... in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut in who has all of the qualities of a "mojo" (a gloomy or unpopular woman).

However, when school isn't going as she expected, and she isn't as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations...


Opinion:
I've heard some good things about the manga, and the main character seems somewhat relatable to the middle-school version of myself. Also, seeing how her social life progresses, or maybe not progress at all will most definitely be entertaining.


Blood Lad

Synopsis:
Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He's more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion. However, while Staz deals with an intruder on his turf, the oblivious Fuyumi is killed by a monster and becomes a wandering ghost. The disappointed Staz vows to her that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life.

Opinion:
I believe I talked about this series around a year ago because a chart misled me into thinking it was airing then. Well, it took them long enough. Well, to be honest, this show looks stupidly interesting. As in, it looks so ridiculous it could be awesome. And, to be honest, these whole supernatural comedies really intrigue and entertain me, so I'm looking forward to watching it.


Gatchaman Crowds

Synopsis:
The story is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the "second metropolis" of the Tokyo area. Among them are "Gatchaman" — warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by "NOTE," the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as "MESS."

Opinion:
The synopsis confuses me, I have yet to see a trailer, I don't even know who any of the actors are. However, I noticed that the director of this series, Kenji Nakamura, has worked on some masterpieces and some really weird shows. So, that is enough to have me interested in this series. It also has aliens.


Genshiken Nidaime

Synopsis:
New series of Genshiken, adapted from the manga

Opinion:
Though I am very much excited for a new season of Genshiken, I can't help but worry about how this'll turn out. They replaced the entire cast, so I'm a bit iffy about it. But still, I love Genshiken! If they're adapting it from the manga it still holds a great deal of potential.







Brothers Conflict

Synopsis:
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn't want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 11 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.

Opinion:
Hello, ridiculously large step-brother reverse harem! Okay, I don't really have high expectations for this series, but I think it'll either turn out crazy or just plain ridiculous. Either way, I can't help but look forward to watching that unfold. So, yes, I'm quite interested in this series.


Servant x Service

Synopsis:
Anime about the staff of the health and welfare section of the ward office of a certain city. Newcomers Hasebe Yutaka, Yamagami, Miyoshi Saya, and their supervisor Ichimiya Taishi go through the everyday quirks of working at their office.

Opinion:
I'm looking forward to this series because it's about actual grown men and women at the workplace. That alone is a plus. Also, it doesn't seem to be a serious show, and I do like more mature comedies. So, yes, I look forward to watching this series.





Rozen Maiden (2013)

Synopsis:
Continuation of the Rozen Maiden series.

Opinion:
I enjoyed the other seasons of this series. By the looks of it they're going to include the real 7th doll, and a grown version of Jun, so that would be pretty interesting to watch. Also, the new visuals look very shiny.








Monogatari Series: Second Season

Synopsis:
Adaptation of the second season of the Monogatari Series.

Opinion:
It's always good for me to see more of the Monogatari series, but I do have a few issues with it. Mainly, the show is mostly dialogue accompanied by pretty visuals and ecchi, and that can get kind of boring to watch sometimes. But, apparently this season will be more like the first, which definitely makes it more appealing. Also, Kanbaru with long hair is also a plus.






High School DxD New

Synopsis:
Second season of Highschool DxD.

Opinion:
Uncensored ecchi is never a bad thing. It also helps that this series is hilarious and has some awesome ass-kicking in it. Also, new characters! How can one not look forward to this?









Recorder to Randoseru Mi☆

Synopsis:
Third season of Recorder to Randoseru.

Opinion:
The first two seasons of this short series were pretty enjoyable, so, why not go for the third? Also, I'm liking the change of animation style, it looks pretty cute.









Uchouten Kazoku

Synopsis:
In Kyoto, there are three kinds of residents: humans, raccoon dogs, and tengu. Shimogamo Yasaburou is the third son of the Shimogamo raccoon dog family. His father, Souichirou, had been the head of Kyoto raccoon dog community until he was eaten by the human members of "Friday Club". While taking care of old tengu, fighting with other raccoon dogs, and playing with a psychic human girl, Yasaburou approaches the truth of his father's death.

Opinion:
This concept sounds very interesting, though I don't know if the visuals will match up with it properly. Still, this does have a lot of potential, and I am most definitely going to give it a shot.


Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

Synopsis:
The story revolves around William, an aristocratic family's progeny with rare intellect. One day, his uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family's name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family's butler for anything that can be converted into cash. A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil. The summoned devil tells William his name Dantalion, and reveals that William is the designator who can choose the acting ruler of the demon world.

Opinion:
I'm not really too sure what to make of this series. The plot sounds extremely interesting, but then again, so did Hakkenden's and it was surprisingly boring. Hopefully this series will actually be interesting, and not just some fujoshi bait.


Kiniro Mosaic

Synopsis:
The story begins with Oomiya Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly pure Japanese girl who actually did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an airmail letter arrives from Alice, the girl in Shinobu's host family in Great Britain. The letter reads: Shinobu, I'm coming to Japan! The Japanese/British girls' mixed comedy follows the lives of Shinobu, Alice, and other girls from both Japan and Great Britain.

Opinion:
This show looks really really cute. So cute, that I feel obligated to watch it because it's cute. If it's not cute...meh, I'll probably keep watching it.



Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS

Synopsis:
The second season of Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Opinion:
Lolis playing basketball: the sequel. Okay, I gave into the cute in this case. Plus, there's basketball, the only sport I actually enjoy watching AND playing.









Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

Synopsis:
A story of girls who solve mysterious matters that occur in this world, using the mystical tarot cards that hold the power to read destinies.

Opinion:
I only have a vague idea of what this show will be about. The trailer looks good, really good. However, I do have some issues with the visuals a tad bit too on the cartoony side. However, it does have potential to be something very good, so I'll definitely give it a watch.








Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

Synopsis:
Spin-off of Fate/stay night with Illyasviel von Einzbern as the protagonist, living an alternate life as a school girl.

Opinion:
Who's idea was it to take the loli from the fate series and turn her into a magical girl? Well, I'd give them a cookie, because it looks surprisingly decent (as a magical girl anime alone). However, there is a chance of this being really stupid, but, regardless, I'll watch it.





Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou

Synopsis:
A nonsense comical mystery. Harumi Kazuhito is a high school boy who loves books and is a fan of novelist Natsuno Kirihime. One day, he finds Kirihime writing at a cafe, about to be shot by a robber. He protects her from the attack but is killed instead. Through the supernatural power of a book-worm, he is reincarnated as a dachshund dog. Kazuhito (as a dog) writhes in a painful bookless life, when a sadistic woman carrying a pair of scissors offers him help. She is Kirihime herself.

Opinion:
This is a fairly odd concept, and to be honest, I'm not too sure whether to jump at it or cringe from a distance. I'll watch it anyway, but damn, this show sounds weird.




Fantasista Doll

Synopsis:
This original story revolves around cute dolls who fight and power up with special cards.

Opinion:
Cute dolls fighting each other...hm..I could've sworn something veerrry similar was earlier in this list. Okay, yeah, maybe it'll be different because they're using CARDS. So maybe it'll be a mix of Yu-Gi-Oh and Rozen Maiden. That sounds er...different, I'd watch it.







Love Lab

Synopsis:
The Fujisaki Girls Academy is known for their school body being composed of very proper students. The most prominent one of them is Maki, the student president who is admired by her classmates for her calm and polite demeanor. On the other hand, Kurahashi Riko is also admired but for having a very forward and boyish personality. Riko accidentally walks into Maki while she's practicing kissing with a pillow and learns that she isn't what everyone thinks she is. Riko is forced into keeping Maki's secret and join her in practicing all aspects of romance like holding hands and more.

Opinion:
I'm pretty okay with shoujo-ai series, though I have a feeling that this might not be that good. However, it does feature a bunch of up and coming voice actresses and some general newbies in the cast, and I do like hearing new voice actors and actresses. Plus, who knows, this might be decent, so I'll give it a chance.


Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation

Synopsis:
Set during 1989, it takes place in an alternate continuity where Planeptune is a small country, Lowee as a Japanese styled area and Leanbox as an invading overseas country. Lastation is an area connected with Planeptune.

Neptune is thrown into this continuity and embarks her adventure to get back. Because this is not the world/dimension or time she's supposed to live in, she is not in charge of Planeptune; a new character called Pururut also known as Iris Heart is.

Opinion:
This show looks like typical moe shit, but when I was looking it up I noticed the genre parody. That just may be enough for me to give this series a shot.


Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2

Synopsis:
Second season of Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun.

Opinion:
As I mentioned above, I'm not really the biggest fan of this series. I mean, yeah, the animation is nice, and the story is pretty good. The main problems with this series are the characters and the execution. I dislike boring sausage fests, and a vast majority of the time this show is one. If you're going to bore me to death, at least let me see a non-evil source of estrogen in every episode (they shipped her off to an all girls school). But, hopefully things will improve.





Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

Synopsis:
When a friend asks Natsuki what high school club she's going to join, she cheerfully responds "the go-home club" (meaning, she's not going to join any of them). However, she soon realizes that this club actually exists at her high school, and she's just expressed interest in joining it! Before she knows it, she ends up as one of the two new members of "the go-home club," which is a small group of eccentric school girls. One of the girls likes fighting bears, while another is ridiculously rich. But what exactly constitutes the activities of "the go-home club"?

Opinion:
Oh boy, another cute girls show! This is getting ridiculous. So many times I've seen these eccentric girls hanging out shows fall flat on their faces, I'm not too sure if this'll be any different. But, hell, the visuals look nice, I'll give it a shot.



Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu

Synopsis:
Yura Yamato has just arrived at the high school division of Stella Women's Academy, when Sonora Kashima invites her to join a club called "C³". Sonora is the third-year student who became the new head of this club for military survival games. The other members include two second-year students (part-Japanese Karila Hatsuse and G36K-wielding Honoka Mutsu) and two other new students (Rento Kirishima whose family runs a Japanese sweets shop and the really short Yachiyo Hinata).

Opinion:
Another show about girls with guns. Meh, I'm not too fond of the idea. I couldn't get into girls in tanks, or girls being guns, so I don't know if I'll be able to get into this. We'll see though.


Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji

Synopsis:
The Sengoku era gave birth to many historical legends. One of them is Naoe Kanetsuku, the brilliant military general of the Uesugi family. Together with Maeda Keiji, a legendary warrior on the battlefield, who become lifelong friends with each other, they carve out a piece of history in the most dangerous and volatile time in Japan’s history. The two men recall their beginnings and the journey they took to get to the accomplished position they now sit at.

Opinion:
Meh...I'm not really a fan of Sengoku era shows, and the only super-manly anime I liked was Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. So...to be honest I'm not too excited about this one. But, regardless, like everything else I will give it a chance.



Senki Zesshou Symphogear G

Synopsis:
The second season of Senki Zesshou Symphogear.

Opinion:
Oh..Symphogear...how much I love to hate thee. Yes, I'm going to watch it, because it is so absurdly stupid that I feel I should watch it if I don't want to miss a good laugh. Maybe by some strange twist of fate, it might not be as stupid as the first season, but I really doubt it'll improve.










Now, this season is looking pretty good. A lot of the shows have potential, and none of them look really bad (apart from Symphogear). But, we'll see how things really go when these series actually start.

I'm planning on updating this list more later on (because of lack of visuals, or I haven't seen the first season to a sequel), so stay tuned for those updates!

Update 6/8/13:
Added Rozen Maiden (2013), Highschool DxD New, and Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu

Update 6/16/13:
Added The World God Only Knows III and Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

Update 6/19/13:
Added Genshiken Nidaime

Update 6/26/13:
Added Recorder to Randoseru Mi☆