Spring 2013 Anime Season Roundup

Ah, spring. Flowers, sunshine, and a new season of anime. Because the best thing about warmer weather is sitting indoors watching anime with the windows open, amirite? Well, Winter 2013′s anime season was decent, but Spring 2013′s anime season might end up beating it out. There’s actually one show this time that I am more than just excited for. Will you share my opinion? Maybe. Let’s find out.

Suisei no Gargantia

Suisei-no-GargantiaJust from glancing over the shows, I thought this one looked like it could have the most promise. The show takes place in the future, in space. Humanity is in a war against an alien race and the main character gets transported to a strange and distant land during one of these space battles. Confusion ensues, and only good things can happen from there.

This show seems incredibly promising and the visuals are fantastic. I know I say a lot that I think I might actually finish a series, but this time I like, really, really mean it. I want to watch the rest of this series, like right now. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Who should watch this show: People who like awesome anime shows that combine action, humor, mechs, and sweet animation.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Crazy good. If I had access to the whole series right now I’d be watching and finishing it today.


Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

namiuchigiwa-no-muromi-sanAll the characters are drawn with blue outlines in this show. It’s kind of unique I guess. This show only has half-length episodes though for whatever reason. The show is about mermaids and it’s kind of funny, but also kind of stupid. The first episode is all about a fisherman who catches a mermaid and they banter back and forth about silly things. It seems like it’s just a string of gags with no real story going on. Maybe that’s why the episodes are only half length.

I wasn’t a big fan of this one but I can see how some people would get enjoyment out of it. It’s just a bit too goofy for me. I can handle goofy, but I need more of a story to hold things together. There’s very little story to speak of in this anime.

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Who should watch this show: People who like mermaids and goofy banter.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Bad. One episode was enough.


Arata Kangatari

Arata-KangatariThe animation in this show has kind of a soft, glowy look to it. I’m not sure how much I like that. The show’s about a high school kid who gets made fun of and bullied all the time. He somehow gets transported to another world where the monarchy gets overthrown by 12 rude dudes and the main guy somehow ends up getting blamed for it. He swaps places with someone from this other world and looks like the other guy to everyone there.

The end of the episode gives a little hope, but overall this show doesn’t really interest me. If it gets rave reviews I’ll continue watching it, but otherwise I’ll pass. I felt like it could be cool, but the way everything unfolded just wasn’t that interesting. It’s not bad, just really average.

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Who should watch this show: People who like magic and strife and soft animation.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Pretty bad. Unless this anime blows up and starts getting tons of praise I doubt I’ll watch any more of it.


Karneval

KarnevalThe show is a bit freaky in the beginning with what happens with the characters. It’s hard to tell exactly what the show is about from the onset, but the first bad guy they encounter is really creepy. I’m not sure what the story is or where it’s going, but some people are like monsters and some people have magic powers and they’re all trying to do stuff and things.

I had higher hopes for this show, but it moved along pretty slowly. The animation is nice though, and I like the look of the characters. The show gets a little bit more interesting near the end, but not quite enough to redeem itself. I don’t really know where the story is going but I don’t really care that much either.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about magic and monsters and prettyboys.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Okay. I might watch another episode just to see if they reveal where the story is going because I don’t feel like they revealed enough in this first episode.


Shingeki no Kyojin

Shingeki.no.KyojinIn the show, humans are living inside a gigantic wall that serves to keep out a giant race of humanoids. The giants haven’t gotten inside the walls for some hundred years, so all the townspeople have developed a false sense of security. And then gigantic, super giants come and unexpectedly invade the town, tearing down the walls.

This first episode is pretty heavy. There’s definitely potential here, and the first episode sets up quite the scene. I’m excited to see where this one goes. I really like the animation in this show, it uses lots of thick lines. The action sequences are epic and the production values are great. I seriously got chills from watching the trailer.

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Who should watch this show: People who like epic shows with lots of emotion, action, and style.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Great. I’m not as excited about this one as I am about Suisei no Gargantia, but this show is definitely second in line.


Hataraku Maou-sama!

Hataraku.Maou-samaThe story starts back in fantasy medieval times with some knights fighting against the forces of Satan. Satan loses the battle and is forced to retreat into a portal transporting him and a follower into a modern world where they have no idea what’s going on and can’t really use their magic. This makes for a pretty hilarious and interesting premise because they have to learn the language, rent a living space, and get jobs to pay for things.

This show might end up being kind of cool. The first episode is good, but not great. Time will tell on this one, but after a few more episodes it might end up blossoming into something worthwhile. The show definitely had me laughing at parts, but I’m not sure how strong of a story will develop from this first episode.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about demons trying to adjust to modern day society and the hilarity that ensues.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Pretty good. I think this one’s coming in third place after Shingeki no Kyojin. This show deserves at least one more episode.


DATE A LIVE

date-a-liveThis show starts off with 14 year old panty shots. Promising. The premise of the show is fairly normal high school anime fare except that there are things called space quakes which are basically spherical earthquakes taking place in the atmosphere/earth. But that all changes when a bodacious babe shows up in purple sci-fi fantasy armor. Plot twist! Then some other nonsense happens.

I couldn’t care about this show at all. It was not interesting to me whatsoever. I was okay with it for the first half but when the purple sci-fi fantasy armor girl showed up I was all like, “this is stupid, I’ve had enough.” This show is nothing special.

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Who should watch this show: People who like space quakes and babes from outer space.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Bad. One episode was enough for me.


Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

ginga-kikoutai-majestic-princeThis one here is another space/mecha show. The show’s main characters are a team of five pilots known as the Failure Five because they’re so bad and can’t work as a team. Then for some reason they get selected to go into actual combat and deal with the reality of fighting for real.

This show seems really cheesy and kind of juvenile. I’m not really a big fan of the animation style either. This show’s just not that interesting compared to Suisei no Gargantia which is a much better space/mecha show. To be honest it’s just not that interesting in general. I just wasn’t able to care about what was going on.

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Who should watch this show: People who like sub-par shows about mechs and rooting for the underdogs.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: So bad. Suisei no Gargantia is way better so I’ll be getting my mech fix from that.


Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

Yahari.Ore_.no_.Seishun.Love_.Come_.wa_.MachigatteiruThis one right here is a high school show. The main character really isn’t a big fan of high school and doesn’t have a girlfriend or any friends either. His teacher puts him in a “Volunteers Club” in an attempt to rehabilitate him. There he talks to one of the most popular girls in the school. They banter back and forth until another girl joins them and then more banter ensues.

The dialogue between all the characters is interesting and occasionally funny, but overall not a whole lot happens. Most all of the first episode takes place in one room. Overall it is of average entertainment and hilarity. I might watch one or two more episodes but I doubt I’ll see this one through to the end. I can see how others would enjoy it though.

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Who should watch this show: People who like shows about awkward high schoolers.
Likelihood of me watching another episode: Average. I might watch one or two more episodes but probably not.


Shows that Were Less Than Impressive and a Recap

nekoSurprisingly enough I didn’t shut off any shows within the first 5-10 minutes of watching them this season. This is the first season that’s ever happened. Overall this season had a lot of average shows but two of the ones I watched seemed like they could blossom into amazing shows so that alone makes this season a good one for me.

To recap from last season, I didn’t end up watching any of the shows all the way through. I watched like the first 5 episodes of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, but I felt like the show wasn’t going anywhere so I gave it up. Nothing else from last season really held my interest either.

Bottom Line: Suisei no Gargantia seems like it could be a fantastic show. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited after a first episode so I’m really hoping the show doesn’t let me down. I’m trying to not get too excited so I don’t over-hype the show in my head, but I really think it could end up being a series I really, really enjoy. Guess we’ll just have to find out. You should at least check out the first episode though. It’s choice.

You should also check out Shingeki no Kyojin as well. Probably. It has promise.


So tell me, what shows look the best from this season? Any favorites that I didn’t review? What ended up being your favorite show from last season? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ghostlife

    they are going to be more than 25 episode

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aprilmarie.genabe April Marie Genabe

    Um.. Is Katekyo Hitman Reborn gonna continue??..

  • Timothy

    Shingeki no Kyoujin is awesome!!!

  • Millie Chandare

    Wow! I feel as if I’ve found a rating system that guarantees watching good shows! (Maybe my personal taste is just similar) But I almost wish I’d found the site later, as I’m dying waiting for the next episode of Suisei no Gargantia.
    Thanks for posting this!

  • http://www.webmaisterpro.com/ Kaloyan Banev

    I would definitely check some of these. All titles are new for mew and I haven’t read any information before I saw this post.

  • The Loan Shark

    Watch the anime and read the manga before you start suggesting there are plot holes. All the questions you are posing were already answered.

  • Guest

    Look, think about it – just think: you have to kill giants. You could A) improve existing cannons in order to better take out kyojin from a long distance, or B) create an ENTIRELY NEW technology COMPLETELY FROM SCRATCH that allows a single man to jump on a kyojin’s back and cut him up with disposable swords.

    Stop and think about that: which would take more time, effort and resources? Improve existing technology? Or invent completely new technology, the likes of which has never been seen in human history before? And don’t tell me you have to CUT the weak spot – because Eren stomped the crap out of a titan’s weak spot and killed it in episode 7. Not to mention that, historically, walls were built to maximize coverage of cannon fire. No one in this universe bothered to try that? They thought, “Gee, we COULD build some more powerful cannons and build some defenses that somehow trick the titans into turning their backs on the guns…OR…we could make these SUPERSWEET spiderman rigs and jump around like assholes! Yeah!”

    You’re honestly going to tell me that you’ve NEVER thought about that? You’ve read the whole thing without ever thinking, “Gee, this is a shitty strategy”? It’s a HUGE plot hole. The entire story from top to bottom is mind-numbingly stupid, so, yes, I’d like to know before I waste any more time on it whether or not the author eventually has enough respect for his audience to explain away his character’s idiotic tactics.

  • J. P.

    OreShura and Shingeki No Kyojin are both maintaining their quality 6-9 episodes in. You might want to give

    Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru a chance if you want a breath of fresh air with all the crappy rom-coms that’ve besmurched their genre lately. It’s very good at portraying realistic interpersonal relationships.

  • R-Mac

    You should probably take a look at Kakumeiki Valvrave, aka Valvrave The Liberator, as in my mind, it’s as good a mech anime, if not better than, as Suisei. Valvrave does give me a Gundam vibe, but that’s okay seeing as I’m a major Gundam fan, but Valvrave does have it’s own elements that make it great. And some of the episodes leave you questioning what just happened, among other things, which in turn makes you seriously anticipate the next episode. The animation is also pretty f***ing awesome too.

    You should also give Date a Live another chance as it’s definitely had a somewhat shaky start but has kicked itself into high gear, especially with the last 3 episodes. I went the same route as you where I wanted to watch one episode and then determine whether to continue, but the ending kinda forced me into watching the 2nd episode and it definitely is better than you give it credit for, it’s more than just spacebabes(they’re actually called Spirits) and spacequakes. it’s among my Top 3 of the season at this point, along with Valvrave and Attack on Titan.

  • afrodash

    Not a plot hole at all. The 3D gear was originally only used by the scouts who went outside the wall. This was stated in the anime and manga while they were training with the gear. The scouts needed a weapon they could carry outside the walls with them and a way to out run the titans which are much faster than humans. A stationary cannon would not be an effective weapon to use on the titans since the titans are quick and attack in groups. The 3D gear allows for a single human to kill a giant as opposed to using several people to load and reload cannons that have a low rate of fire. Further more everything must be built from resources found within the walls and they don’t have unlimited gunpowder. If you think cannons would be more effective than the 3D gear you should pay more attention to the show.

  • afrodash

    Probably because they live on a boat in warm waters. It’s like how islanders, or Africans or any other number of people wear clothes that show skin since its practical for their environment. It’s quite difficult to swim in heavy clothes. Religion also seems to be dead so they don’t hold the stupid protestant values as American’s so their sense of fashion would logically be more revealing. I thought they did a great job overall with the character designs.

  • Sophie

    Decided to try Attack on Titan and it has quickly become one of my favorite animes of all time. I haven’t been so drawn to a series in the first episode since the beginning of Bleach. Absolutely phenomenal. Cannot wait for more!!

  • jireh

    all i wanna know is if they are ever gonna english dub the secong season of hiiro no kakera!!
    WILL THEY????

  • Budweis3r

    i dont agree, your military technology adapts to the military needs, and besides who would want to shoot a cannon that shots balls that are 5ft wide. it would prob blow up and kill everyone around it. so there i think the 4-D gear is perfect for the series they needed maneuverability and be able to reach the titans height so they made devices that could do it… plain and simple, back in the day they used messengers, horses/dogs/birds to relay messages, but they made a radio to talk over long distances cause we humans are lazy and innovative. that is my reasoning why there are no potholes. if you want the author to explain it in detail ask him really nicely and maybe he will tell you. but i like my reasoning i see it all the time in the real world so why not in an anime ?

  • Budweis3r

    personally i prefer original series appose to some anime that coppied the story of a manga atleast the original story doesnt have to live up to the expectations people have because they “read” the manga

  • Koob Meej Xyooj

    There is ONE plot hole. SPOILER********

    When Eren punches the titan that was about to eat Mikasa and his hand obliterates. Amazingly, it regenerates but a couple scenes later, Arim and the others were able to distinguish that Eren was different because he couldn’t regenerate. Maybe it’s just me being nit picky.

  • Stan Larsen

    I think most people that say there is a plot hole, they didn’t actually finish reading the manga…
    I started shingeki no kyojin with anime…. then I read the manga…. It’s all in there… just read them before saying something~

  • hentaiprince

    Shingeki no Kyojin

  • hentaiprince

    Shingeki no Kyojin the best if i dont see it in a week im going to die T_T

  • Psycho

    For me
    Singeki no Kyojin —> Suisei no Gargantia
    And after watching till episode 11 of Shingeki no Kyojin,No anime that came out is to be even compared to it.
    My opinion tho.

  • Triple A

    Date a live gets better
    try red data girl

  • Kuroko00

    Dude, I totally agree with you. After watching both Shingeki no Kyojin and Suisei no Gargantia to their current episodes (11 for both as of right now), Gargantia really does it for me. Both are excellent emotional, interesting, and impressive animes but I must say that Gargantia has quickly climbed to the very top of my favorite animes list. I think that both are very much worth watching and also reading probably, and visually they really display how far animation has come to this point. Thanks for awesome tips and great reviews!

  • Piastix

    I don’t think that was a plot hole/mistake, so much as they were saying that the other titans were killing him so quickly that he couldn’t regenerate.

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    The 3D gear is not mind controlled. Don’t worry, I thought they were at first too. The scenes when they are used are so quick paced that you can’t catch how they really operate. Eventually if you pay attention closely you realize that the two swords they use, the bases are actually bike handle like contraptions that allow them to release the wires, call them back, speed up etc. These handles are what control the the 3D gear. You just never catch it because they never show it up close.

  • Some guest

    Thanks for the list. Great help and your taste is good :)

  • ELIJAH BLOCKER

    Shingeki no Kyojin

  • sarah

    Attack on Titans is so GOOOOD!!! I’m blown away by the quality and animation, to me it’s the best so far.

  • Michelle

    Does anybody bother to say Dansai burning no crime edge, I mean that’s an amazing anime if you watched till the end.

  • Hey

    Shingeki no Kyojim is average. It’s just getting attention because of the scenes. Bottom line, it would make a nice film, but in the essence of an anime, it fails.

    Imo.

  • bakanymous

    lol i knew suisei was a major disappointment when they tried to do the language thing fweh fweh fweh fweh LOL