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With the new year comes yet another new anime season. Last season (Fall 2012) boasted a pretty solid lineup, but how will Winter 2013 fare? I watched the best looking ones I could find, and the results might surprise you. Will this be another home run of an anime season, or will this winter be a bland one as far as animated entertainment goes? Let’s find out.

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Ore.no.Kanojo.to.Osananajimi.ga.Shuraba.SugiruOre no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru is a long name for a show. Anyway, it’s about a kid studying to get into a public medical school. He seems to be living with his aunt and he has a little girl sidekick who follows him around. She’s his childhood friend. He’s very serious about his studies and not looking for romance at all but he ends up having his classroom seat reassigned right next to the most beautiful and popular girl in school.

As far as production values and style, everything is pretty solid, but nothing really stands out either. It’s good, but nothing really unique or different. The turning point in the first episode is pretty hilarious and after that point the show becomes a lot more interesting. It seems like this one could be good for at least a few more episodes, but past that we’ll just have to see. Pretty solid, this one.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about atypical romances with funny surprises.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Really good. I might not finish this series, but it deserves a few more episodes at least.


Cuticle Detective Inaba

Cuticle-DetectiveThis show is off to a pretty strange start. It’s about a pseudo-werewolf detective who takes down criminals and solves crimes by using strands of hair. I was expecting a different sort of show based on the first scene, but the show is surprisingly weird. The main characters all have some sort of goofy fetish. For example, the main dude the Cuticle Detective has a hair fetish.

I think the show is funny, but it’s more like a way over the top this is too ridiculous to believe kind of funny. It’s just lolwtf all over the place here. For me, this is not really a good thing. I don’t think I would be able to handle any more episodes of this show, but I can understand how some people would enjoy it.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about weird fetishes, unexpected characters, and hair.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: No thanks. One episode was enough for me.


Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

maoyuu_maou_yuushaI saw a captioned picture of this anime and that was what reminded me that it was about that time of year again. Anime roundup time! However, the scene they used was a bit questionable, but I try to go into these shows without too many preconceived notions. Anyway, I like the animation and colors in this one. It’s one of the better looking shows this season from a purely artistic standpoint I think.

I was expecting more action from the show, but the first part of the first episode was pretty much all about the benefits of war, in this case between demons and humans. It’s actually more interesting than you’d think, so I was pleasantly surprised. The negotiations that take place are pretty funny. There’s definitely a lot of wiggly boobs to be seen here though, so be prepared.

This show seems like it might actually be pretty cool. The whole first episode was all talking between the two main characters, but it was still really interesting. I’m actually pretty excited to see what happens once they get out into the world and start adventuring and stuff. This show might be one to follow.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about the economics of war, or demon/human romance? I’m actually not sure what direction this show is going in.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Most certainly. I don’t know what to expect from the next episode, but I really like the feel of the show so far.


Senran Kagura

Senran.KaguraHaha, boobs. No, but seriously, fanservice all over the place right from the get go. There are plenty of “OH COME ON” sort of sexual innuendos to be found in Senran Kagura. Anyway, the show is about five busty modern day ninjas and their day to day lives.

This show has lots of female on female boob grabbing. There’s actually so much fanservice in this show that it made me a little uncomfortable. Definitely do not watch this show if there is any chance of someone walking in on you. The animation is fine and the characters are pretty. The story is vaguely interesting, but the over the top fanservice is actually a bit distracting. I don’t plan on following this one, but if ecchi is your thing, this anime is for you.

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Who should watch this show: People who like ecchi.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Bad. Pros can’t outweigh the cons for this one.


Tamako Market

Tamako.MarketThis is a really pretty looking anime. I really like the colors and the character designs. I think it’s by the same people that did K-ON. It’s just a nice show to look at. The show looks like it’s going to be centering around a girl and a strange talking bird. Past that, I dunno what to expect.

I was hoping that this show would be a bit more interesting since it has such a nice look to it, but it seems to be moving along kind of slowly. I found myself getting a bit bored while watching it, just waiting for something redeeming to happen. Some parts are pretty funny, but overall it was a ho-hum sort of viewing experience. This show was unfortunately pretty disappointing. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just not so good.

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Who should watch this show: People who like pretty looking shows with colors and talking birds.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Not good. This show was too slow and not interesting enough for me.


Amnesia

amnesiaThe show gets off to a sort of confusing start with not much being explained right away. The main girl seems to have some sort of amnesia, hence the title. Other than her having a sort of spirit guide only she can see and that she needs to remember who she is again, there’s not much story to go off of so far here.

The way the characters’ eyes are colored in this show is really interesting. They’re simple, but different enough from the usual run of the mill anime eyes that they seem really cool. It’s a nice touch.

Unfortunately the show has kind of a strange feel to it and wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting it to be from the opening scene. I kept waiting for something cool to happen because I felt like the show contained promise somewhere, but nothing really cool happened at all. This show was a pretty big letdown.

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Who should watch this show: People who like characters with pretty eyes and girls with amnesia.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Not so great. This show was slow and pretty boring.


Vividred Operation

Vividred.OperationWithin the first minute there were two very gratuitous female butt shots. Anyway, the show is taking place in the future focusing on an inventor’s family. An unidentified weaponized machine is approaching the island they’re on, and the military is having trouble dealing with it. The grandfather makes a hilarious mistake, and the show really gets going from there.

The colors and animation style are very pleasing to the eyes, however Vividred Operation does like to show female butt shots for no good reason every once in a while (but really, what anime doesn’t?). Besides that, the show gets off to a pretty cool start. I was kind of surprised, for whatever reason I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it actually seems like it might be worth watching. I’m interested in seeing what happens next.

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Who should watch this show: People who like ermines, technology, and butts.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Very good. This show seems pretty interesting and I like the feel of it so far.


Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

Mondaijitachi-ga-Isekai-Kara-Kuru-Sou-Desu-yoHere’s another show with a name I think is too long. The show on the other hand gets off to a pretty interesting start. I like that. The show is about a few individuals with extraordinary powers that get transported to another world. The three main characters are invited to participate in something known as the Gift Games where people with such powers compete for fabulous prizes.

This show is pretty funny. From the stills I was expecting something a little less impressive, but the show actually seems pretty neat. The animation is nice as well and the pretty colors are always appreciated. The characters are interesting and the show has a very light and enjoyable feel to it. This could be another good one.

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Who should watch this show: People who like otherworldly powers and bunny girls.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Good. The show grabs you right from the start and stays interesting throughout. I want to see where this one goes.


Shows that Made me Vomit and Bleed

ai-mai-miYes, this is an actual still from Ai Mai Mi.

Every season there are a few shows that just don’t sit right with me and I abandon them before they’re done. Some are unhappy to see that I treat some shows this way, but these are just my first impressions. If a show doesn’t grab me and get me engaged within the first 10 minutes or so, I’m moving on. Sorry.

Also either I found a type of show that didn’t exist before or I somehow missed these in earlier seasons, but some shows are only like 3 minutes long. Each episode is only 3 minutes long! All of the “shows” like this that I saw were bad. Why would they do this to me?

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai: The way this show is colored is very interesting. I’m not sure how much I like the style, but it’s definitely different. The main character seems to have a strange relationship with her brother. He feeds her, bathes her, and dresses her. Also, the brother never shows his face, he always has something in front of it or something on his head covering it.

This show doesn’t really feel like my thing. I got about 10 minutes in before I decided to just shut it off. Sorry guys, I just didn’t feel like seeing this one through, but this was the only full length episode I abandoned this season. That’s better than usual.

Ai Mai Mi: Anime about 3 aspiring mangaka girls. Pretty generic anime fare, but kinda funny. If it was a full episode I don’t think I’d be able to handle it.

Mangirl!: Magazine club with 4 girls. This was even less interesting than Ai Mai Mi, so – pretty bad.

Yama no Susume: I felt kind of interested in this one, but I don’t understand why it’s so short. I might have liked it if it had been a normal sized episode, but with it being this short I just don’t care for it much.

And as usual, there were also a handful of shows that I just didn’t check out and a handful of sequels that I never watched the original for (sorry!).

Bottom Line: This season is pretty so-so. Unless I managed to miss all the other good ones, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? seem like they might be the only ones worth seeing all the way through. Maybe. Vividred Operation and Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru showed some potential, but only time will tell if those will be worth it or not. Did I miss all the other good ones? Please, if I missed any other good shows let me know!


So tell me, how do you think this season compares to the last one? Any new shows look good to you? What’s your favorite one so far? Share your thoughts down in the comments!

  • William Sumners

    I’m watching Tamako Market and Cuticle Tantei Inaba this season, considering I have the last halves of a few 24-episode anime to watch. A bit of lighthearted fun this season. Tamako Market I loved from the start, because KyoAni + That style = Win, and Cuticle Tantei Inaba is just funny. So very funny. I’m a massive fan of comedy.

  • DAVIDPD

    KYOTO ANIMATION FTW!!! They are behind some of the greatest anime in the last five years. Their animation style has really come into its own as of late, so much I can tell immediately if they drew the show from the first cell. Hyouka, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. K-ON, and Kannagi are all awesome!!! Oh, they are the ones behind Tamako Market, BTW. I guess the only knock is that some of the character models look very similar to each other in recent anime. // Thank you John for taking the time to watch all of these anime series. Shame you did not find them more entertaining. BTW, did you finish “K”? It was a big letdown for me last season.

  • Jason C

    Gosh this season couldn’t be lamer unless you’re a chibi fan.
    No Jormungand :( thank goodness hunter x hunter is still running…

  • http://twitter.com/SakuyaFM SasamiPro | Sakuya

    I’ve been watching Haganai Season 2, OreShura, and Da Capo III. I’m sure people find Tamako Market good, but I dropped the show in irritation because of that stupid bird.

  • Phil McCauley

    Keep in mind, Kannagi wasn’t by KyoAni, it was A1 Pictures. :)

  • LilyJay12

    Thanks for the reviews! I like Tamako Market and Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Amnesia I’m there mostly for the eyes, art, and music. I don’t like otome things, but I’m going to stick with it for a while because the concept itself is nice and I’m liking Orion. I still need to give the Cuticle Detective Inaba a try, but it doesn’t seem that interesting. Everything else is “meh” and I won’t bother with it.

  • YoonAh

    WTF. Horrible shows.

  • Phil McCauley

    So for me, I loved Tamako Market a fair bit more than you. Because of the bird. Dera’s such a glorious, flamboyant troll at times.

    I’d agree with a good few of the other things you said, except for Sasami-san. I really liked a lot of the symbolism in the show, until you get to the second half. You missed a treat in the second half. :P

    I’m watching season 2 of Chihayafuru and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, as well as Kotoura-san, which I’m rather enjoying. The first two, being sequels, require you to have seen the first, but definitely worth picking up if you have. Kotoura-san’s pretty poor on the animation side, but more than makes up with it in the story department.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.buijsman Ricardo Buijsman
  • DAVIDPD

    *Amended. Kannagi still looked amazing though.

  • http://twitter.com/advanced_wind Vinicius Machado

    Well, after checking most of the first episodes, I’ll stick with Demon Economics, Sasami-san@what’sthisIdon’teven, Talking Birds and Cute Girls and Meat NEXT. Nothing else really caught my attention, and there’s still some shows from last season that are going (Magi, Shin Sekai Yori, Psycho-Pass, Jojo). But I have faith in the other seasons, there are a lot of must watch shows that will air this year.

  • Lord Fawful

    Awww no SAO?

  • Absolutionz

    You dropped sasami 10minutes in? Boo. Hiss. Boo. Your a terrible person and you should feel bad. It’s one of those Guilty Crown things where it gets better as it goes, i’m pretty sure after the 10minute mark is when the world turned to chocolate and dragons showed up.

  • HatsuHazama

    What’s that?! Maoyuu has already released? I loved Spice and Wolf so I was looking forward to seeing it… somehow. If you like anime, I strongly advise avoiding connections with download speeds of 15kbps… I’m so ashamed.

    Anyhow, I like these lists, because they find me all these anime I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. I have to check these out I guess… somehow.

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is almost entirely based around economics and tactical analysis of battles and how they are going to go about their plan to change the world. I’ve read the manga, but haven’t gotten to the LNs yet. It’s pretty darn interesting, so I wholeheartedly recommend it. If economics and long bouts of thinking aren’t your thing though, you probably won’t enjoy it.

    I’m thinking Spring is going to be better. I’ve already seen a couple that might be interesting.

  • Valin

    Give Kotoura-San a shot. That first episode took me by surprise, since I wasn’t really expecting much from it, but looks like it might be good. I really enjoyed it

  • Being546

    I suggest watching Kotoura-san. It was so much better than expected. Don’t let the plot fool you in thinking that it is a boring slice-of-life kind of show.

  • Helio Perroni Filho

    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha looks set to be this season’s Another: a unique, engaging and well-told story draped in just enough clichés to make it commercial (think “beach episode”).

    The rest, aside the odd long-runner – Fairy Tail springs to mind – might as well drown in the sea for all that I care.

  • Flora

    I think I heard about Maou Yuusha’s….*creative* boob physics before – it was on the Tumblr blog “They Don’t Work That Way!”

  • Josh Yagley

    After watching the first episode of Kotoura-san the only thing I can say with absolute certainty is that it won’t be boring.

  • Flora

    “Ore no Kanojo” looks like it might be interesting (might be better as a manga), but the theme song made my ears bleed….

  • John

    SAO was reviewed here (http://www.tofugu.com/2012/07/16/summer-2012-anime-season-roundup/). I made it through the first half of the season and really liked it. Once they started the second half I kind of lost interest :(

  • John

    Haha, I’ll have to check out the whole episode then. Thanks for motivating me to give it another chance!

  • John

    I delight in economics. I’m even more excited now than I was before. Thanks :D

  • John

    Haha, thanks guys – I’ll check it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620066105 Aime L. Calderon Herrera

    My picks are :
    Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
    Chihayafuru 2
    Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
    Amnesia (evaluating)
    Tamako Market
    Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai NEXT (I am evaluating this one because they raised the level of “ecchiness” so I might not watch it.

    (P.s. An economist that watches anime??? I thought I was the only one!)

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    It’d be nice if they’d stop K-ONning everything, but I’m just happy there’s at least one company I can count on for quality work with minimal fan service.

  • Darkzombies

    Le me watching the show
    *Almost cries*
    *Happy intro starts and bursts out laughing*
    I don’t know, this show is bipolar xD.

  • Darkzombies

    John majored in economics xD

  • Absolutionz

    Do not waste your chance at redemption padawan.You have much to learn.

  • piderman

    And a new Ghost in the Shell announced. But based on the info that’s released so far it’s gonna be a wait-and-see…
    http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=546333

  • Elijah

    have you seen “Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai”? the 2nd season just started.

  • John

    Yeah I watched the first episode of the first season a while ago but for whatever reason I didn’t include it in the roundup before. I must not have liked it, haha – sorry.

  • oharawinter

    Yeah… This season is a pretty big letdown… Tamako Market looks beautiful, but the story is pretty lame. So much fan service in almost all the shows, and basically no interesting stories :'(

  • http://twitter.com/SactoMan81 Raymond Chuang

    I just saw the first two episodes of “Oreshura” and Masuzu-san appears to be very dangerous and manipulative, in my humble opinion!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.rawley Jeremy Rawley

    I’ve been burned out on anime for months but I might check out the second season of Chihayafuru.

    Now if they’d re-issue DVDs with audio commentary by Good Ol’ JR and Jerry Lawler, I’d buy them.

  • http://twitter.com/sushimanster Clifford

    I dont think anybody mentioned GJ Bu yet. It’s really nice and mellow and kinda cutesy.

  • http://www.cam-fu.com/ Cam-Fu

    Count me as another vote for Kotoura-san. Those first 11 minutes are some of the best I’ve ever seen in an initial episode of an anime.

    Am also watching and loving Tamako Market. It’s very much slice-of-life in the most literal sense… with a fat talking bird.

  • toyotapride

    Totally agree 100%.
    Love that show cant wait for the next episode !

  • Bifurious

    I really enjoy your reviews, it seems like we have a similar personality and outlook on anime. You’ve possibly inspired me to start writing reviews. Thanks!

  • Bifurious

    I don’t know what’s a worse fanservice. Bouncey breasts like in HighSchool of the Dead or constant ass shots like in Strike Witches. All in all I guess fanservice is for some people, I don’t mind it if it’s not incredibly excesive.

  • Bifurious

    After the first half I lost interest a bit myself, a lot of it was rebuilding the main character which was a pain becuase I quite liked his original personality. It does however redeem itself in the last 3 episodes and is worth giving another go.

  • John

    Hmm, maybe I’ll get back around to it eventually. We’ll see!

  • badru

    Ummm, it seems I cannot find Kotoura-san. It should be here.

  • Rekien

    the amount of shity anime in this season is too damn high

  • Mysteryfan

    I personally like Zetsuen no Tempest quite a bit, it’s very interesting and the plot is very well done. Every episode is really interesting and character relations, especially between the two main male characters and the sister of one of them is intriguing even though one of them technically isn’t there anymore.

  • shuraba shujiru

    nice to be with anime..:)

  • yoana stoqnova

    psycho-pass from me .It is a really good anime but also a sad one

  • pearlstrider

    damn right the only good ones are Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo

  • MAD_776

    .,haven’t you watched boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai (long name, yeah) it’s a second season too, and also check out sakurasou no pet na kanojo (another long name), if it helps…

  • Mag_mi

    ola, não falo inglês… rsrsrs
    mas adooooorooo animes

    ; )

  • Cole

    I would reccomend watching the whole first episode of sasame if you get a chance. it has a HUGE twist at the end that puts it in more of a sci-fi fantasy genre. I’m not saying that means you’ll love it, but at least get to the first episodes twist!

  • Annabell2010

    “Do not waste your chance at redemption padawan. You have much to learn”

    Lol, I just have to say that sounded so awesome! Got any more like that?

  • Annabell2010

    xD How about Kyoto’s new ‘Free!’ swimming anime, are you excited for that one? I sure am!!!

  • RApollos

    Definitely agree with you on Vividred Operation, and I’m the kinda guy who avoids Magical Girl anime(of which I’m under the assumption that Vividred is one). It didn’t give off vibes of being a MGA, but it had the elements of one. The only negatives to the anime that I could find was that I wasn’t all that comfortable with the butt shots, which it felt like they put those in there for the sake of having them there for no reason whatsoever, and the somewhat blatant loli fanservice, also the fact that Himarwari had the chest of a 18 year old when she’s 14.