Fall 2013 in anime presented us with a roster of unique shows but with the same familiarity as in any other season.
What’s unique? Well we have warships battling it out at the world’s oceans that is full of people who can breathe underwater. While on land, some are resistant to radiation or can see fox spirits. Of those spirits, some are malevolent in nature and are taken out by a girl with a blood sword. Sometimes joined with scantly clad, yet powerful, uniform. All the while looking for clues to Galileo’s past to unlock alternative worlds where otaku culture is embraced or where an MMORPG becomes real. This with the assistance of indestructible machines from England. If there is a problem with the robot, you can contact a demonic customer service line, only to up-sell you a robot idol with a Roomba. At least it was a better choice than joining a pro wrestling league. But there’s always the countryside available to relax at.
Presented here is a quick list of final impressions from the anime I watched in Fall 2013:
Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
Having read a few chapters from the manga a long time ago and not enjoying it, I came in expecting the anime would do the same. But here I am praising it for having a wonderful story and some of the best CG in recent memory.
A good effort worth my five minutes. Idolship can be funny.
My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy
A colorful cast of characters. An equally colorful range of choices this guy makes. The pacing was just right to not bring about questioning what was going on.
Ultra cute! My favorite from this season. Nothing better than watching a slice-of-countryside-life. The cast is unavoidably loveable and voiced by some of the best cute character seiyuu out there today.
Has Japan become aware of its most valuable cultural export? This cleverly titled anime has so much potential for more episodes but having a satisfying ending works just as well.
Beyond the Boundary
Standard KyoAni fare but this time I didn’t feel as emotionally involved as in their other works. I needed some time to understand the setup. The character quarks are unique and original in their own right, making for some memorable scenes.
I feel mixed on its presentation for the story was quick and the animation isn’t at its best. I just hope there is a big enough following since the manga gets into better territory after the first arc shown in the anime.
I thought there would be more supernatural related content. But a casual s-o-l works equally as well. The characters are cookie-cutter plain but at least the spirits that inhabit their world look interesting.
Magic is (literally) power and customer service is key. Fanservice laden show with a very predictable story. The setting throws me off since it’s so modern yet with dragons and demons inhabiting it.
The ups and downs of a pro wrestler, pun intended. An underdog story worth a watch, just turn the volume down when these girls gets into those locks. I wouldn’t call it a twist in the end since we all should’ve seen that coming.
Scriptwriting and pacing was pretty bad. The show concluded quickly, and not in the way I was expecting too. I seriously can’t comprehend how the youngest sister managed to build and hide such a sophisticated airship.
Felt like a lot was going on and the story rushed for content. The fights aren’t too exciting. The character design and clothing for the females is very appealing.
Sometimes I wanted to skip to the good parts of this sequel, i.e. the plot. Not much was concluded, leaving room for more episodes down the line.
That explains everything. I should’ve known the author would’ve done this. I’m still willing to play the VNs despite being spoiled though.
A Lull in the Sea
Usual drama from PA Works, but what a drama it is! Never mind that they live underwater, I want to know who ends up with who! Anticipating the “future” episodes with glee.
Kill la Kill
A soon to be classic. A great battler that I thought wouldn’t get past 12 episodes. Now I’m not sure what they’ll be pulling off for the remainder. A back-story, maybe a team up between friend and foe. More battles for sure.
New game, new world, new rules. Has pretty good economics and political prowess situations. It’s gonna be a good second half.