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Anime winter season 2012-2013

December 26, 2012

The new season is almost here! There’s not only several shows which I am definitely going to watch but there are plenty of other series announced that seem very promising.

Looking forward to “Minami-ke Tadaima”, the fourth anime season based on the manga by Sakuraba Koharu. While always hilarious, the previous seasons suffered from poor animation quality and inconsistent design style. Fortunately, the recent “Minami-ke Omatase” OVA by studio Feel was very well done so no doubt “Minami-ke Tadaima” will be a superb comedy.

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Will definitely watch “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT“. Although the first season of ‘Haganai’ was not without flaws, really enjoyed this comedy about a ragtag gang of oddball characters who form a school club with the goal of making friends. Although the focus shifts more to harem romance style, it remained a solid, funny show.

Prominently advertised everywhere, “Tamako Market” is an anime original series by Kyoto Animation. The promotional videos seem to suggest it is a slice-of-life comedy, all about a school girl’s daily life working at her family’s mochi shop. Considering its visual style and having KyoAni at the helm, a first impression may be that it could become some sort of eclectic mix of “K-ON!” and “Nichijou”.

Quite curious about the anime adaptation of light novel series “Sasami-san@Ganbaranai”. The premise of hikikomori Sasami who uses her computer to track the daily shenanigans of her older brother and the three Yamagi sisters seems very promising. Since it is animated by studio Shaft, it could lead to stunning or alternative visuals to go with the quirky story.

There’s not just one, but two yonkoma adaptations this season about girls & manga. “Ai Mai Mi” seems to be the most oddball of the two, revolving around four girls who draw manga but usually end up in lots of absurd situations. “Mangirl!” revolves around Hana and her fellow manga editors who despite their total lack of experience, aim to publish the best manga magazine in Japan.

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Although I haven’t read the original manga, “Yama no Susume” might be right up my alley. Its premise of two childhood friends with opposite personalities wanting to go climbing together again, just like when they were younger, sounds like the type of slice-of-life story am usually fond of.

No anime season goes by without its share of harem school comedies, while I’ll pass on shows like “Da Capo III”, am not sure about yet “Kotoura-san”. Considering it’s a romantic comedy adapted from yonkoma manga, it might offer enough slapstick comedy.

Will sample “Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru“ as its promotional video and plot synopsis suggest it could offer solid comedy, even though the plot elements of a faked relationship or the school beauty and childhood friend fighting for the male lead, are nothing novel.

Another anime adaptation of a light novel series with an impossibly long title, “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?“ looks like it could be a fun show , its basic plot is about a group of troublemakers being sent off to a different world where they go on an adventurous quest.

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Will try out “Vividred Operation”. With a core plot of five girls donning high tech suits to save the world from an alien threat and the same director as “Strike Witches”, this show seems like a mix ‘n’ match of “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha”, “Strike Witches” & “Rinne no Lagrange”.
Fanservice will probably be significantly present in this show, especially when you consider the promotional material showcases that the girls’ default outfits include bloomers.

What is there to say about “Senran Kagura” except that it is no doubt this season’s incarnation of shapely maidens with impossibly large bouncy bosoms battling it out and auspiciously getting their garments torn?
Could give this show a chance, but years of experience of having seen too many series as these has taught me better to expect anything more than a mediocre ecchi fanservice fest.

Will not watch “Chihayafuru 2” or “Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative Two” either, as I have yet to watch the first seasons of these shows.

In terms of anime movies and OVA am really looking forward to “Kizumonogatari” and “Nekomonogatari kuro” by Shaft. Considering how stellar “Bakemonogatari” and “Nisemonogatari” are, need not explain why I’m anxious to watch the new movie and OVA of this franchise.

Tell me, what will you watch this winter season?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    January 3, 2013 11:45 am

    Disappointed with this season. Minami-ke Tadaima is the only show I plan on watching. There will probably be a sleeper hit that I’ll pick up a few weeks in.

  2. January 3, 2013 7:37 pm

    @Dave
    Really? There’s plenty more shows that tickle my fancy. ^^
    Having seen the OVA I’m confident studio Feel will do a great job with the new “Minami-ke”.

  3. Dave permalink
    January 8, 2013 4:14 pm

    @Smithy
    I might watch Tamako Market because I like the style of Kyoto animation, but yeah. 😦

    Did you watch the first episode of Minami-ke? Thoughts?

  4. January 8, 2013 7:38 pm

    @Dave
    Caught the first episode of “Minami-ke” and loved it, they really nailed mimicking the flair of the first season with top notch animation.

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