Senyuu.
01.09.2013
Action, Adventure, Shounen

ordet
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Satan Rchimedes returns to the earth after being sealed for one thousand years by a hero. The King tries to seal Satan once again by dispatching descendants of the hero. However, it’s troublesome to find the genuine descendants, the king chooses 75 hero-like people. This is an adventure of Alba, the hero No.45, and an his monitoring fighter Ross.


jrow
#Thoughts
If I were steev or Xcom, I may be wondering why I’d watch this when Ixion Saga DT is already enough comedy fantasy, even though IS DT is a video game and not a true fantasy series. Senyuu will be another 5-minute situation and Ordet/Liden apparently had nothing good to show me in that short trailer while mixing it with the audio atrocity that was the theme song, so I’m can only presume that your expectations and mine are similarly next to nil. Will this save anime, Yamakan? WILL IT!

Tamako Market
01.10.2013
Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life

kyoto animation
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Tamako is a mochi-loving high-school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town’s shopping district. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family’s shop and develops new mochi.


amuro
#Thoughts
The reason I want to watch this show can pretty much be summed up in one word: KyoAni. They’re responsible for some of my favorite shows, and at this point they can do no wrong in my eyes. What makes Tamako Market interesting though is that it’s a completely original production and not an adaptation of any manga or light novel. In any case, I’m always up for some cute girls eating pounded rice, so bring on the mochi!

Vividred Operation
01.11.2013
Sci-fi, Action, Drama

a-1 pictures
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Vividred Operation takes place in a futuristic world where science provides the answer to everything. With the creation of a machine known as the Manifestation Engine, energy problems are no more and world peace is a reality. The peace is short lived however, as aliens invade the Earth and attack the Engine. Known as the “Alone” and invulnerable to conventional weapons, the only way to fight them involves the use of a powered exoskeleton known as a Palette Suit. With a suit in tow, it’s up to Isshiki Akane and her classmates to fight off this alien threat.


jrow
#Thoughts
If Strike Witches popped into your head when you first looked at this, director Takamura Kazuhiro’s name is the reason why as he’s the director and co-story composer for this series (alongside Hiroyuki Yoshino of Gundam Seed Destiny infamy). The trailer included is mainly a character display showing off 14-year-old butts, which is a whole lot of what Strike Witches was; hell, even the description of the show including aliens is pretty similar. This is an original series being done by A-1 Pictures, but far from unique when I think about how Strike Witches had a plentiful cast of girls with their butts on the screen with regularity. It’s visual fidelity does look pretty solid and the character designs do look nice, so I’m hoping this can at most be a fun watch in the pretty chilly season of anime.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next
01.11.2013
Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

aic build
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The Neighbours Club – A club with the objective of “making friends”, populated by pitiful boys and girls undertaking pitiful activities.Despite the incident which happened at the end of summer, the atmosphere at the Neighbours Club continues as before. With the appearance of a strange nun and a student council committee member, Hasegawa Kodaka’s days become even more lively.Exciting times lie ahead as the club makes a trip to an amusement park, play games, hold a birthday party, take part in a school festival, and many other events. Eventually, the relationship of the members greatly changes…


amuro
#Thoughts
Yeah, I’m looking forward to this show. I really enjoyed the first season, and a big part of that are Buriki’s character designs. More than that, I’m just eager to see a continuation in the hopes that things will progress with the characters, but I’m not against more day to day antics. As with most sequels, if you didn’t like what came first, then stay away, but fans will know what to expect. Here’s to starting off 2013 with more Yozora and Sena backstory and foreshadowing…if you know what I mean.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
01.11.2013
Comedy, Romance, Drama

shaft
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The story follows a hikikomori named Sasami who is unmotivated about even changing clothes or eating. Her brother takes care of her, even though she despises his slave-like nature. Sasami spends her days viewing the outside world via a Brother Surveillance Tool on her computer. In the outside world, the three beautiful Yagami sisters and Sasami’s brother are in the middle of relationships worthy of a romantic comedy.


steev
#Thoughts
I’m not sure what to think about this series just yet. It looks funny enough and it is being produced by Shaft with many of the staff that worked on Baka to Test, so it effeminately has potential. I do like a lot of shaft shows so I do hope this one turns out good. The only problem I foresee is that it looks like another one of these real world fantasy series, like Chu2Koi, which is the kind of show that doesn’t always resonate with me… I’ll be looking forward to this show no mater how it turns out, but I have my reservations.

Kotoura-san
01.11.2013
Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

aic classic
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
A school love comedy. KotouraHaruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.


amuro
#Thoughts
Highschool club, strange powers, love comedy. Sounds like this has all the ingredients for the most original anime of all time. All sarcasm aside, I’ll be going into this with an open mind and not too high of expectations. I’m a sucker for anime rom-coms so this might turn out to be a pleasant surprise.

Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
01.12.2013
Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural

diomedea
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The story follows Izayoi Sakamaki, a boy bored with the entire world. One day, an envelope arrives for him, and the moment he opens the envelope, he’s transported to an alternate world. There, he discovers that two other “problem children” were transported by envelopes as well — a taciturn girl named You Kasukabe with a cat, and a beautiful yet haughty girl named Asuka Kudou. A girl named Kuro Usagi (Black Rabbit) summoned the three to the community “No Name” to overthrow the devil.


jrow
#Thoughts
I thought Diomedea did at least an ok job on animating Campione, and admittedly it became a guilty pleasure watch for me in Summer ‘12. Mondai-Ji-tachi however brings me a trailer that presents itself as yet another dumb harem/action/fantasy series, and I’m having trouble locating redeeming qualities to provide some sort of hope that this can be a good time. The chief director is Keizou Kusakawa, who did directorial work for Campione, Dog Days and Sekirei, but even if I have a certain level of like and/or respect for those series, the source material doesn’t sound impressive enough and the trailer appears to display that mediocre quality pretty well.

Chihayafuru 2
01.12.2013
Drama, Comedy, Sports-ish

madhouse
Trailer (Season 1): [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis (Season 1)
6th-year grade-schooler Ayase Chihaya’s dream is for her sister to be Japan’s top model. However, transfer student Wataya Arata admonishes her that a dream must be about one’s own self. Thus, she takes up karuta, a Japanese card game, competitively. Together with Arata and Mashima Taichi, Chihaya’s childhood friend, they have great fun playing each other, but separate after graduation. 4 years later, Chihaya returns to town. Although Arata no longer plays the game, she believes that they will eventually reunite as long as she continues karuta. Together with Taichi, she establishes the Mizusawa High-school Karuta Club.


jrow
#Thoughts
Sequels are popping up a little more frequently than I’m used to with anime, especially when I think about the past 10+ years worth of series that I would’ve liked to seen more of. Even josei series like Chihayafuru, whose first series apparently wasn’t in the best TV time slot and was far from gangbusters in home video sales, is getting a sequel. The first series grew into one of my favorite Fall ‘11/Winter ‘12 series as Madhouse beautifully brought a manga about a card game to animated form. Along the way, the aspect I was most critical of early on (the actual playing of Karuta) got better thanks to new characters bringing in new playstyles and Madhouse creating a genuinely tense atmosphere for the competition. There’s also a shoujo element of the series that I’m expecting to get stronger focus, though I wouldn’t bet on anything truly coming to fruition. And remember everyone, #TeamTaichi.

Dokidoki! Precure
02.03.2013
Magical Girl, Fantasy, Action

toei animation
Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Aida Mana is a girl who is always eager to do things for the sake of others. One day, when she was visiting the Clover Tower during her school’s orientation program, an enemy who called themselves “Selfish” appeared suddenly, and tried to manipulate her inner heart! To fight this enemy, she borrowed power from a magical fairy Sharuru to transform into Pretty Cure! To protect the peace of the world, other legendary Pretty Cure soon joined her in battle! A mysterious baby also appears, making each day a “Heartthrob” experience! The 4 Cures, always holding “love” in their hearts, are battling for the world’s fate!


amuro
#Thoughts
Another year, another Precure. This is the tenth Precure series in as many years, and the series shows no sign of slowing down. After Smile revisited the five girl team last seen in Yes! Precure 5, DokiDoki seems to be going back to four girls, which seemed to be the status quo during Fresh, Heartcatch, and Suite. Apparently, each girl now has their own fairy animal for transformation, ala how it worked in Futariwa and Splash Star. From what little I’ve seen I like the designs for the girls in and out of Cure form.

  • Animeblue

    Happy New Year you guys

    All I can say about this winter season is that it really do looks complete trash, too much otaku bait shows for me. There is only two new show(I’m not count the shows that an second season as new shows, as Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT) that following,in this season, now that I know Maoyuu will be garbage too. And the first show that I’m somewhat looking forward to is Sasami-san@Ganbaranai because it sounds like it will be blast to watch, not mention that Akiyuki Shinbo is directing the show and I just adore his work.

    The second shows is Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru because I found that manga to be amusing, although with it being 1 cour, I fear that they’ll turn the story into another generic harem fare.

    With that said I’ll watch each show given the slim chance that I might like one

    • This season might not be great, but it doesn’t need to be. There are at least 4 shows that I can see that I’ll like and/or at least watch… Minami-ke 4, Haganai 2, Roman, and Tamako Market and there are always at least 1 or 2 shows that surprise me. Only 6 anime I was watching last season ended, so if 6 shows turn out well, then I’ll be watching the same amount. There are still 10 ongoing shows I am watching, Bakuman, HxH, Ixion Saga, Magi, One Piece, Psycho-Pass, Robotics;Notes, Sakurasou, Space Bros, and Zetsuen no Tempest. This season has more than enough to last me through the winter.