Kaushik here, ready to offer my impressions for the 2013 spring season. Since there will be quite a few new shows to cover, I will be doing a joint impressions with fellow writer pluffei. We will be skipping a few series, particularly ones we have no interest in (and don’t believe will even be subbed). Please consult the chart as we make our way through, and enjoy~!
Date A Live: I’ve vaguely heard of this series before, but reading the short summary and from what I know about it, I’m not particularly interested in it. I haven’t heard of the studio AIC PLUS+, so that doesn’t draw me in. Moreover, the summary makes it sound like a plot I’ve seen or read a hundred times before in anime/manga, so this is getting a pass from me.
RDG Red Data Girl: This one actually does sound fairly interesting, and it’s cool to see PA Works kind of branching out. I know them most for series like Hanasaku Iroha and Tari Tari, which were more slice-of-life drama series than anything else. This one seems to be a bit more serious and with a supernatural element, so I might watch this. Curious to see how it turns out.
Gundam Seed Destiny HD Remaster: A remastering of the original Gundam SEED Destiny series. I’ve seen the original, and I wasn’t impressed. From what I understand, the HD Remaster changes the content around somewhat and uses some content from the movies which had their own ending for the series. So for any real fans, this will be a little bit different, but I’ve been so soured from the original series that I’m not particularly interested.
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince: I’m actually fairly interested in this show. Honestly it’s 90% because I saw a silhouette of a mecha in the picture, which grabbed my attention. I’m kind of a sucker for that kind of stuff. But reading the little synopsis a bit more, it honestly doesn’t sound too interesting. Hopefully some cool mecha action can fix that.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2: A sequel to the quite popular OreImo series. I’m somewhat familiar with the light novel material past where the first anime went, so I will definitely be watching this show. It’s guaranteed to be a popular show next season, and I’m interested to see how the anime adaptation will fare.
Kakumeiki Valvrave: This is definitely one of my most anticipated shows this season. Sunrise combined with a brand new original mecha series, where could you go wrong? It sounds like a crazy generic plot, but I’m sure some twists and turns will come along to make it better. And if they don’t, at least I”m guaranteed some sweet sweet mecha-based action.
Hayate no Gotoku! Can’t Take My Eyes Off You 2: I’m always excited for more Hayate no Gotoku. Unfortunately, it seems like the new anime series will be more in line with the previous season, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. I’ve outlined why I was disappointed with that show here, so I’m cautiously optimistic for this show.
Suisei no Gargantia: This one sounds like a nice little original plot. I’m not a huge fan of the art style (from what little of it I can see), but the plot is quite interesting and something I feel I might enjoy. It kind of reminds me of Aria, though with a notably more grim back story. And a back story that might come back to the forefront, so I’ll definitely keep an eye on this show.
Hataraku Maou-sama!: Another one of those light novel anime adaptations. This one I feel might be pretty popular this season. It seems somewhat unique, and has all the makings of a show with wide appeal. Comedy, action, cute girls (well that one’s debatable). I’ll keep an eye on this one.
Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san: I’m not familiar with this show at all, and the description is brief, to say the least. Seems like it’d be some sort of comedy/slice-of-life series. I might watch the first episode at least, if anyone subs it.
Hentai Ouji to Warawani Neko: Another series I’m definitely interested in. I read the manga recently, so I know a little bit about it. It’s definitely quite interesting and I could see it being quite the hit in the upcoming season. The dynamic between the two main characters is refreshingly different and enjoyable. A cute comedy/romance series I will definitely enjoy.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S: I’m somewhat of a fan of the To Aru series, Index and Railgun. The first Railgun season was mostly slice of life stuff, which is odd considering the manga is quite a bit more serious in terms of plot. I’d imagine this new season would cover Misaka’s involvement with Accelerator, but more from her perspective. As opposed to the situation from Touma’s perspective in the Index series. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes, and how different it will likely be from the first Railgun series.
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: I’m not really a huge sci-fi person, so this series doesn’t interest me too much. I think it’s related to some other Yamato series that have come out over time, so fans of those will probably enjoy this. This one just isn’t for me, though.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru: This is another one of those series I can see being popular in the coming season. It has one of those wickedly long nonsensical Japanese titles that will have some catchy Japanese portmanteau (OreImo, Haganai, etc.) and will likely be quite funny and interesting. I’ll definitely be watching this one, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of other people were, too.
Aku no Hana: This is one of my most anticipated shows for the season. I don’t know why, but that plot summary just speaks to me. It sounds like the kind of show I’d really enjoy. “Twisted love” probably speaks volumes about my character, but that’s okay. I am excited for Aku no Hana.
Aiura: A show I might actually watch, even though there’s no announced studio doing this show yet. It sounds like a generic cute girls doing cute things kinda show, and, well, I’m a sucker for those. Hopefully someone subs this show!
Dansai Buri no Crime Edge: What a wacky premise this one has. The “Queen of Hair”? Magical scissors to cut magical hair, and some murderers thrown in the mix? I’ll give it points for originality, but it’s kind of reached the point of too ridiculous. I’m not particularly interested in this one.
Karneval: So I actually read the manga, and one thing I’m concerned about with the upcoming anime is whether or not the quality of the art will transfer successfully; in fact, this is probably my major concern. The manga relies a lot on aesthetics. It is designed with complex but visually appealing outfits, and an almost-cluttered carnival-esque (as expected from its name) theme in most of the scenery. In addition, this is in a way a battle manga, so there’s a lot of fighting. Story-wise, it’s run-of-the-mill but solid (just a little gay), so how good this show turns out relies greatly on how much budget is put into animation. Personally, I’ll watch this but keep my expectations low-to-medium.
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: In the past I’ve been skeptical towards game-adaptations, but after watching P4 The Animation, I’ve learned that game-adaptations can work out very well. In terms of Devil Survivor 2, I think the plot could work, since it’s pretty straight-forward, and as someone who has played both Devil Survivor games, I’m hoping this turns out well. All in all, I’m keeping my expectations low, but hopeful.
Yuyushiki: What exactly is a data processing club? Is it supposed to be fun? What data are they processing? Since I haven’t read the manga before, all I can say is that this will probably be another cute-girls-doing-cute-things slice-of-life anime, and that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll watch it. However, if this thing is up your alley and you haven’t gotten tired of the routine yet, this might be something for you to watch.
Shingeki no Kyojin: This looks really freaking cool. It’s a ninja-esque guy fighting huge-mongous Titans. The animation looks unique, and reminds me a bit of the animation of Akagi/Kaiji, in terms of the bold black lining. The music seems like it’ll be a perfect fit as well, considering how the composer is going to be Sawano Hiroyuki, the same composer who did a whole bunch of the Sengoku Basara series soundtrack. All in all, I’m definitely watching this.
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride: I watched a total of two episodes from the prequel series, and all I have to say is that it wasn’t my thing. Needless to say, I won’t be watching this either, but if you’re into scantily clad samurai/ninja girls in alternate present-day dimensions, this is your show.
Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 2000%: I wrote an impressions of the prequel to this series. There, I expressed how otome-games always disappoint me, and Uta-Pri was no exception. Everything aside from the animation and the voice acting was absolutely awful. Thus, I will not watch Uta-Pri 2000%, but but if you managed to enjoy the first season, I’m sure you’ll be watching this season as well.
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. 2: I’m so happy this is getting a second season. The first season was absolutely hilarious, but ended really anti-climacticly. As the little blurb says, Yondemasu is about a detective named Akutabe who “summons devils to solve the troubles of his clients.” His assitant also gets roped into the demon business, and somehow or another hilarity ensues because of the demons’ powers.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W: Geez, there are a lot of sequels aren’t there? Here we have Nyaruko-san back again, probably for more shenanigans. I have a few friends who speak very highly of Nyaruko, but to me this is just another one of those harem-comedies with parodies galore, and I will be skipping this show for sure.
Photo Kano: Considering how this is a PSP game adaptation, I’m thinking this will probably turn out to be something like Amagami SS. At least, the idea of having romance stem from taking pictures of girls at school hasn’t been used yet (maybe because it’s kind of creepy), so the series has the potential of offering something fresh and new to the industry. Sadly, that possibility is looking slim to me.
Mushibugyou: Kaushik described this as “ultra fucking generic,” and I think that pretty much describes this premise. It looks like generic battle manga, but because of that, I do expect there to be plenty of fight scenes. Plus, the art does look pretty cool, so I might check this out. As you can see, I’m a sucker for samurai-themes and shounen-fighting.
Arata Kangatari: The premise for this show sounds complicated, and it seems it’s an adaptation of a 17-volume-ongoing manga by Watase Yuu. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, she’s probably most famous for Fushigi Yuugi, a popular shoujo/reverse harem from way back. However, it looks like Arata Kangatari is shounen, so I’m a little worried about how well a shoujo-writer can transition into shounen. Though, it probably went well enough given that this got 17 volumes and counting. I’d check out the first episode before I make any definitive impressions on this show, but for now I’m keeping my expectations low, again.
Kara The Animation: Here we have another one of those day-in-the-life-of <insert popular idol group>. So far we’ve had adaptations of the lives of sphere and AKB0048, and possibly others that I’ve missed. Overall, I think it’s a really stupid idea to make an anime out of idols’ lives, so I won’t be watching this.
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