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Anime summer season 2013

June 17, 2013

Although it feels like the anime spring season started not that long ago, it is actually nearly over and will soon give way to the summer season that will introduce plenty of new shows.

The two anime series am most looking forward to this summer are sequels: “Tamayura ~More Aggressive~” and “Monogatari Series Second Season”.

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Adored the original “Tamayura” OVA as well as the full length anime “Tamayura ~hitotose~”, it is a heart warming story with endearing characters all set in the truly enchanting backdrop of rustic Takehara in Hiroshima. Along with “Aria” it is one of the penultimate franchises in the slice-of-life genre.

Originally advertised as “Tamayura ~futatose~”, this sequel season was renamed to “たまゆら~もあぐれっしぶ~” or “Tamayura ~More Aggressive~”, a title that could be misleading to those not familiar with the series. If you enjoy slice-of-life genre shows, this series is one you simply cannot miss.

Based on the “Monogatari” light novel series written by Nisio Isin which already spawned anime adaptations “Bakemonogatari”, “Nisemonogatari” and “Nekomonogatari (Kuro)”, another full season will air with “Monogatari Series Second Season”.

Really enjoyed all previous anime incarnations of the “Monogatari” franchise which excelled thanks to its wonderful combination of studio Shaft’s sublime animation and the witty dialogue and verbal banter between the various characters (some like Senjougahara and Araragi have incredible chemistry).

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Going over the summer season line up chart there are several other anime that caught my eye, so plan on trying them out to see if they are as good or entertaining as they look.

Really like the various anime series and movies spawned off the different Type Moon franchises, so will watch “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya”, an alternate world spin off from “Fate/stay night”. As a magical girl genre show, am hoping this series will be as enjoyable as for instance “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha” or “Vividred Operation”.

Considering the magical girl genre can lean towards the comedy side as easily as it can lean towards action or even drama, wonder if this show will have plenty of comedy in it like the “Carnival Phantasm” comedy series.

High school girls up to silly shenanigans in a club centered around airsoft gun survival games? That alone is enough to have me watch “Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jo-Gakuin Koutou-ka C3-Bu”, especially considering enjoyed similar shows like “Upotte!” or “Girls und Panzer”. With studio Gainax at the helm, this could turn out quite well and not as run of the mill as one might expect.

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Definitely will sample “Kimi no Iru Machi”, the anime adaptation of the manga by Kouji Seo who also created “Suzuka”. While “Suzuka” eventually did not live up to my expectations, always liked Kouji Seo’s art style so wonder if Gonzo will be able to translate it well into anime form.

“Fantasista Doll” is advertised as a science fiction story about fighting dolls with special powers. The promotional art and other various illustrations for this show are gorgeous, must confess though that the character design for Madeleine really is a style that is right in my strike zone so that alone prompts me to check out this show.

Although am not familiar with the original manga, “Kiniro Mosaic” seems like it will be an enjoyable slice-of-life series featuring cute school girls, so sounds like it will be right up my alley.
Adapted from a yonkoma manga, am curious about “Love Lab” since it looks like it might be a good comedy akin to shows like “Yuyushiki” or “Hyakko!”

A few other series I plan to sample their first few episodes to judge if they are worth to keep on watching for me are “Gatchaman Crowds”, “Kitakubo Katsudou Kiroku”, “Genshiken Nidaime” and “Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou”. Each showed some appeal based on the general plot synopsis or promotional video.

What will you be watching this summer?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Colin Holmes permalink
    June 19, 2013 11:52 pm

    I entirely agree with your comments. I loved Aria, my favorite anime of all time, although Haruhi gives it a run for its money. I never thought Aria would even be approached again. The director’s next effort, ‘Sketchbook ~full color~’ was fine, but it was no Aria. When Tamayura came out I was prepared for a least a little disappointment. I was very happy when I wasn’t. I still think it falls a tad short of Aria, but it’s at least close. I hated when the series ended because I didn’t think it had garnered enough attention for a follow-up. I am happy I was wrong.

    Watch the series or you’ll miss a good one!!

  2. June 20, 2013 7:49 pm

    @Colin Holmes
    Haruhi (especially the first season and movie) is an amazing show but it’s not really slice-of-life. I really enjoyed “Sketchbook ~full color’S~” but it was rather…forgettable, while “Aria” and “Tamayura” leave a definite impression on the viewer.
    “Tamayura” may still turn out as grand as “Aria” since a slice-of-life show like that can become truly endearing and emotionally engaging once the characters really grow on you and that simply makes time (which the “Tamayura” 4 episode OVA lacked, it was too short).
    Am really excited about this new season.

  3. June 26, 2013 2:10 pm

    Awesome to have the Monogatari series, I’m excited as fuck. Hoping for lots of Nadeko and Tsukihi

    Bit surprised though, I was assuming they’ll bring out Kizu first. At this rate I somehow doubt a 2013 release, but well, I’d rather have my 2nd season anyway

  4. June 26, 2013 8:13 pm

    @Fabrice
    With Neko (kuro) in between which takes place earlier in the timeline it might be hard to follow now if they release Kizu first, though that book predates the second saga anyway.

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