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Spring 2013 anime season
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Spring 2013 anime season
The preview for the 2013 spring season is out at Random Curiosity. Three new mecha anime out this time, which was certainly overdue.
- Suisei no Gargantia
- Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
- Kakumeiki Valvrave
What are the animes you guys are going to watch?
I'll decide on the rest when reviews come out.
I watched the Nanoha movie A's from the RandomC list too, it was a mess, especially compared to the first movie which can stand on it's own without the series and did a better job getting everything needed + new information crammed into a movie. A's did not do well sadly.
Looking forward to FB7, Eva Q (I'm gonna slap something if someone spoils me) and the next Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA.
Oh, new Railgun is coming already? New Higurashi, as well? OreImo, even? Gotta come out of my anime funk and get on with it, then.
Railgun is out!?
... ... *gasp*!?
RAILGUN :3 for sure. Everything else I'll give the 3 episode test.
good things about the
Space Battleship Yamato
remake. (I gather many of the episodes have already been released in theatres and/or on home video.)
As for the mecha shows, I think I'm more keen for
Valverave the Liberator
. As intelligent as his writing arguably is, I'm not a big fan of Gen Urobuchi's stuff.
I didn't actually think
A Certain Scientific Railgun
awesome a show, but I did like the main character, So I think I'll be watching the sequel.
I've had a craving for some good comedy anime recently, though pinning down exactly what I want has been somewhat difficult. It's kind of like I want a comedy that follows anime conventions, but isn't like the kind of otaku-oriented comedies we've been getting a lot of lately. Does that make any sense?
I think I'll probably check out the series about the demon lord and the magic swordswoman who get depowered and dumped in modern Japan together. Though I don't know how much I should be expecting from it but the premise has entertainment value.
was kind of overrated, but it wasn't terrible either, and given that it seems to be well liked by my anime watching buddies I'll probably end up watching the sequel.
Red Data Girl
doesn't appeal to me overly much, but its by PA Works.
Actually there are several shows I'm interested in checking out this season aside from just the ones I've mentioned. I'm even interested in the comedy with a mermaid who likes to drink, in large part because said mermaid is voiced by Yukari Tamura, who is awesome at voicing batshit insane characters.
In the end I'll probably sample a bunch of stuff and then drop some of it, as usual. That being said, I'm kind of glad that
is the only show I'm carrying over from last season.
The first episodes for the three mecha series are out, so here my first impressions:
- Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince: The character animation is bad. Baaad. However, their battle sequences are very well done. As for the plot, I don't really like the comedic bent they are taking, but we'll see how the next weeks develop on that front.
- Suisei no Gargantia: Beautiful graphics on all fronts. The aliens seem to be inspired quite a bit on the Vajra, but the general way humanity has developed is looking quite fascistic. Since the Urobutcher is involved, I won't expect that the light-heartedness of the second half of the first episode will be the norm.
- Kakumeiki Valvrave: This one looks fantastic on all fronts. The animation is beautiful, the characters seem appealing ( the main is not so wishy-washy as to be unlikeable at first glance ) and the ED promises lots of more characters to come. I'm not so enamored of the legless mecha designs of the aggressor side, but we'll see how prevalent those are. Definitely the best of the three series at first glance and the ending of the first episode promises some really interesting things.
Majestic Prince is done by the character designer of
Gargantia has an interesting premise, so I am going to watch that.
Valvrave is Sunrise, no reason not to watch it.
And yes... I am waiting for Railgun S, which is premiering today, I think.
I have been sampling a
of new stuff this season, but knowing where this group originated from I guess I'll start with the three mecha titles.
I'm not big on the massive cheesiness or the character designs, and frankly I didn't think the battle scenes were all that great either.
Valverave the Liberator:
This was the mecha title I had the most hope for this season, but after the first episode my feelings on it are mixed. There was too much indulgence of certain modern anime conventions and character types for my liking (given the futuristic sci-fi setting couldn't they have done something a bit more unconventional for the school uniforms? Like unisex jumpsuits or something). I guess I was hoping for more Gundam and less Code Geass/Guilty Crown.
Am I the only person who thinks this feels more like a Gonzo series than a Gen Urobuchi one? This is probably my top pick of the three mecha series so far despite my reservations about some of the conventions it employs. That being said given the writer involved I'm worried about it going eye rollingly grimdark/grimderp.
As for the rest, these are my top picks so far:
Space Battleship Yamato 2199:
Despite feeling like some of the attitudes in it are
somewhat dated, this remake does a good job of being accessible to newer fans. If you're a space opera fan and don't mind a moderate helping of cheese I recommend checking it out.
Demon King at Work/Hatakaru Maou-sama:
The basic premise of this one is pretty much "Demon King is forced to retreat by a human hero and ends up largely depowered in modern Tokyo, where he ends up working at McDonald's to get by." First episode is pretty amusing, but the series really hits it stride in Episode two with the addition of the tsundere hero Emilia (who followed the Demon King to earth in order to kill him) to the cast.
I think there's something like nine other shows I've been checking out too.
Maybe as the season goes I'll get a clearer idea of which ones to keep and which ones to drop...
Yeah, still checking out some of the shows, too. Carneval was an instant drop, Demon King at Work needs another episode to get a good sense of where it's at. I've been watching the Yamato OVA release ( up to episode 14 already ), and I really like the show. That show with the hair cutting obsessed kid was really, really off. Also dropped.
Sister's Noise is win OP
Sister Noise? Never heard of it, care to provide a premise?
EDIT: Oh wait... thats the OP song...
TBH, I liked the 1st Railgun's OP more
Yeah, it's okay but I wish shows could just keep the original opening from season to season. The second Railgun opening and the three Index openings were not bad by a long shot, but Only My Railgun and PSI-missing were the best.
And I just finished watching the old Index/Railgun seasons. I must say, I have discovered an incredibly soft spot in my heart for the clones of Biri-Biri, especially 10032. ^^
Biri-Biri is love.
"Indeed. Her clones even more so", says Magnus with a wan smile while rubbing the scruff on his chin thoughtfully.
"But her clones are, essentially, other versions of her, which makes the original even more awesome", says Beto after pouring some undisclosed single malt beverage into a glass container.
"Because of their tragic backstory, the clones have a built-in sympathy factor. They are also more assertive in what they want ( which is Touma ^^ ) than Biri-Biri. Alas, it comes down to a matter of taste." explains Magnus, while pondering if he should eat something before going shopping for food.
You guys are weird.
I take it you haven't seen Index/Railgun?
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