Spring 2013 Anime, First Impressions

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

New anime season! Here are my first impressions on the anime I’ll likely keep watching this season. Fair warning, there may be spoilers. There are many more shows not listed here, for a full list check out this infographic.



Here comes another “slice of life” anime. There seems to be one every season now. I guess the moe bubble hasn’t popped after all… This show follows your typical group of three friends entering high school and making a club onto which “activities” take place, a typical setup in this genre.

It’s only three minutes per episode and I can’t really turn away from such shows because it’s exactly what I’m looking for.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

“Shear action!” is what I expect to come from this show. See what I did there…

Alright, I love the setup so far and can’t wait to see the eventual battles that might place when these murder tools are pitted against one another, including a pair of shears that can cut a girl’s “uncuttable” hair. Never read the manga but this show gives me that suspense feeling I got when watching Future Diary. I’ll stay tuned in.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

Hataraku Maou-sama!

A change for the better? A Devil King is eradicated from his world and promises to come back with a vengeance. Where does he take his rest? Why Earth of course and Japan seems like a hip place be at right now. Certainly this can’t be permanent? Well maybe. Out Antagonist Protagonist quickly takes in the culture and is working (at a fast food restaurant) to recover his power. Comedy ensues when the hero that defeated him enters the fray… Kind of reminds me of how Kotoura-san started, but with less of an emotional pull in. Bait and switch show? Yes, because comedy overrides anything!

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.


Aka, “The Perverted Prince and the Stony Cat.” This is the only show I’ve had high expectations for this show since I have a background reading the manga and praising the artist. The story follows a perverted boy that uses a facade to hide his true thoughts and feelings about being perverted. He learns of a local cat statue that can take away unwanted things by wishing upon it. He would like to rid of his facade and heads to the statue. Similarly, a girl who express her emotions a lot shows up and wishes to not show as much emotion. A miracle happens, but it’s for the worse as their wishes are granted. The boy now freely expresses his perverted thoughts and the girl shows no emotion. They join together to get back what they lost. I’m happy that it’s on television but I’m not pleased with the execution of the plot, seems rushed to me. At the time of this writing, it seems the show will only be about 13 episodes.  Update: Officially 12 episodes listed. Is this because the light novel is only 4 volumes in? In any case I was definitely entertained and can’t wait to see more. I’m calling this now, best emotionless girl since Yuki Nagato!

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

Ah yes, the mermaid. A creature from folklore that has an upper body of a human and a tail of a fish. Typically a beautiful female and set in a romance genre. Well not this one! It’s a comedy and she’s ugly actually pretty cute. This 10 minute burst of laughter certainly will break my perception of the fairy tale mermaid while sympathizing with the unfortunate guy who reeled her in. And this is just the start, there are more like her to come!

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

Oreimo 2

Back for more eh? Well here it is, but it comes with a change of production studio. We know all too well of the previous season’s cult success, what with all the parodies of the cover. Our otaku surrogate is back and ready to resume the perfect life with school, clubs, friends and making an annoyance of her brother. What’s in story this time? Not sure, all we know is that this will cover to the end of the light novels.

Suisei no Gargantia

Suisei no Gargantia

Harry, this one’s for you!

My goodness, high tech sci-fi space battles and a gritty steam punk “Waterworld” like Earth. Hard to comprehend? Then watch the first episode! The world building really comes alive here, making a great setting for things to come. There is a great ero artist (link NSFW) behind the character design and the scriptwriter has also worked on Madoka. The attention to detail is gorgeous, right down to the ships and weapons. I can safely recommend one, even if it becomes an “adjust to a new life” kind of show.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

Translated the show is titled “My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.” Hmm, going against all things that would otherwise make a show “typical?” This is going to be interesting. Our friendless protagonist has no choice but to assist others in a kind of role reversal to merit himself as a “sociable being.” It is a light novel and I did manage to catch the manga. In both forms I found the concept too talkative, gong in detail about why life with people sucks. Is change in this guy’s forecast, epically now that he is forced to join a neighbors’ service club with a similar minded girl?



Here comes another “slice of life” anime. There seems to be one every season now. I guess the moe bubble hasn’t popped after all… This show follows your typical group of three friends entering high school and making a club onto which “activities” take place, a typical setup in this genre.

Those sentences seem oddly familiar

A data processing club where the data is insurmountable junk that quickly leads the girls to segue off to jokes and gags. Watch as a slice of life comedy and nothing much else. You’ll get a similar experience by watching Yuru Yuri. In fact, watch that instead since you’ll get a group of four girls instead of the trio here, plus a second season. Last note, my gosh have the animators gone lax with the eye design; tall, narrow and positioned too high don’t make a cute character.

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

What do you get when you combine famous Norse, Arabian and Christian mythological creatures, turn them into girls and have them join up together to defend their world? You’ll get this anime. Sounds like a video game? Well, it actually is, for your phone. This is the anime adaptation that coincides with the game’s release. All is set for our three heroines but will they get along with one another? Girly action fantasy show and not much else.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the season!


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