Date A Live
3.31.2013
Action, Romance

aic plus+
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
A boy named Itsuka Shidou meets a spirit girl who has been rejected by a devastated world. The girl, who Shidou names Tooka, happens to have wiped out much of humanity 30 years ago, and now she is back. The only way to stop her is to date her.


Amuro
#Thoughts
I went through a couple of summaries before I decided on the one that you just read above. I picked this one because it was succinct. Dude meets mysterious girl; dude must date said girl. The character designs seem kind of wacky in a generic anime sort of way, and the premise doesn’t immediately jump at me. Hopefully the main relationship will be strong enough to carry this show.

Red Data Girl
4.3.2013
Fantasy, Drama

p.a. works
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
A modern fantasy based on Japanese Shinto legends. Suzuhara Izumiko is a 15-year-old girl, who has been raised and protected in a shrine deep in the Kumano mountains. She is shy and destroys all the electronic devices she touches. When she begins to think about moving to the city, her guardian, Sagara Yukimasa, recommends she enters a high school in Tokyo, while forcing his son Miyuki to serve Izumiko for life. Miyuki and Izumiko repel each other, but their relationship begins to change when an accident occurs on the school field trip. Izumiko learns her fate as the last representative of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki learns of his duty as a guardian Yamabushi of Izumiko.


Jrow
#Thoughts
P.A. Works is back after taking a couple seasons off. I feel like their animation work and settings are some of the most detailed you’ll see in anime today and I feel that way about what I’ve seen in RDG’s PV trailer. Also, the character designs seemed quite similar to Hanasaku Iroha, proven in that Mel Kishida did original character designs for both series, and his characters have a certain sheen that can fit such pretty environments. The premise seems pretty interesting after you get past the “transfers into high school” trope, and judging from the trailer, the term “modern fantasy” seems applicable to what this show can be like.

Karneval
4.3.2013
Fantasy, Action

manglobe
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization—”Circus”!!


Jrow
#Thoughts
I admit initial confusion after watching the trailer as to whether I thought this can be something of interest or something to drop fast. These shows with pretty boys never seem to want to earn interest from forming an interesting story filled with engaging characters, but being in a criminal situation and making an organization themed off a circus seems like it could be fun times. However, I’m done giving benefit of the doubt to Manglobe, and bringing in Mashiro-Iro’s director (Eiji Suganuma) and Amnesia’s scriptwriter (Touko Machida) is a double-dose of no thanks from me.

Hataraku Maou-sama!
4.4.2013
Comedy, Supernatural

white fox
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The story centers around a demon king named Satan who is one step away from conquering his alternate world when he is transported to Tokyo of our world. He ends up having to work part-time at a fast food restaurant to make ends meet. In order to conquer Japan, he has to first move up from a freelancer to an actual employee. Meanwhile, the heroine Emilia has arrived in Japan also, in pursuit of Satan.


steev
#Thoughts
Wow, this anime looks like it could be hilarious! I don’t see a lot of new comedies this season that peak my interest, but this one might be able to fit my needs. I am a bit unsure how funny this will be, but just thinking about the nonsense of a Devil King having to work at McDonald’s is just pretty damn funny. Hopefully this will be good for some laughs and maybe a decent action scene or two.

Ginga Kikoukai Magestic Prince
4.4.2013
Action, Sci-fi

dogakobo & orange
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
In the latter half of 21st century, humans leave the Earth and begin to live in space. In order to adapt to the environment in space and deal with the hostile aliens in Jupiter, genetically engineered children called “Princes” are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots “AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). This is a story about one of the teenage “Princes”, Hitachi O Izuru, who studies in an academic city Grandzehle.


Amuro
#Thoughts
Oh hey, more mecha this season. Sweet. Wait, is that…SAME FACE HIRAI!? So I think my disdain for Gundam SEED is well documented, and a big part of that disdain was character designer Hisahi Hirai. Now, I won’t immediately write this show off because of that, but it’s a big knock against it right from the start for me. Oh well, it all comes down to how the animators portray them, and if the story and mecha action can prove to be good, then it’s something I might be able to look past.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
4.4.2013
Romance, Action

studio gokumi
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge” is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the “Hair Queen” using the cursed killing tools, the “Killing Goods.” Can Kiri protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners? Let the game begin!


Amuro
#Thoughts
I can tell you right now that I picked this show because of how ridiculous the premise is. Beyond that, I have no idea what to expect. The studio behind this has done a few shows I enjoyed (Oda Nobuna’s Ambition and One of Them Is My Sister!) but then again they made A-Channel which I could not stand. This one could go either way.

Aku no Hana
4.5.2013
Drama, Romance

zexcs
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The corrupt pure-love story revolves around Kasuga Takao, a bookish boy who loves the poems of Charles Baudelaire (the original author of the poetry collection Les Fleurs du mal or Flowers of Evil). One day after school, he discovers and steals the gym clothes of Saeki Nanako, the girl he has a crush on. However, he learns that Nakamura Sawa, a girl he loathes, happens to catch him in the act. Nakamura blackmails Kasuga into a contract, or else she will reveal his secret.


steev
#Thoughts
By the premise, you might be thinking this will be something fun like OreShura. If you’re expecting that, you will be sorely disappointed. Zexcs is known for doing more offbeat fun anime like Bentou and Cuticle Detective, and I have enjoyed them quite a bit, but this is a deep psychological anime. That is kind of new for Zexcs, which has me a bit worried, but it has good source material from what Ive heard. I am pretty sure I am going to love this anime. I tend to enjoy these kinds of more twisted psychological anime.

  • When I first started the preview I didn’t think there was a lot I really wanted to watch, but now I think there are quite a few titles that caught my eye. Attack on Titan, Aku no Hana, Hataraku Maou-sama, Devil Survivor 2, Azazel-san, Yahari Ore, OreImo, Gargantia, and Hentai Prince look interesting to me.

  • Animeblue

    General thoughts:

    As Steev stated below my initial impression of the spring season was kinda poor if u compare it to last year lineup where I watch nearly dozen shows, but reading your guys preview its looks like there are few more that I’ll be interested in

    Date A Live:

    Date A Live seem like it going your typical generic
    romance show that I’ll drop within three episode, but I could be wrong about that since it’s being directed by Keitaro Motonaga. I usually his work.

    Red Data Girl:

    I don’t why but I feel like this going to be Another all over again, so I’ll pass since Another didn’t really do it for me near the end.

    Karneval:

    I’ve been meaning to check out the manga, but as u said Jrow, the pretty boys are real turn off so I have been hesitating to pick up the manga. Now that it’s getting an anime adaptation, guess l will check out the first two episode of the anime.

    Ginga Kikoukai Magestic Prince:

    Guess your bigger man than me Amuro since I can’t overlook character design especially when most of shows that feature Hirai’s design are bad.

    Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:

    Sure the premise sounds intrigued enough, but it being directed by Yuji Yamaguchi (Fate/stay night,Angel Links). So I’m not so sure about this one because his other series was poorly directed to say the least

    Aku no Hana:

    For one who had read manga, The anime can really smash hit or total trainwreck depend how it’s handle. With that said, I say it’s in pretty good hand with Hiroshi Nagahama at the helm

    Yahari Ore no Seishun:

    Another Brains Base’s romantic comedy show, but this time an relatively new director is at the helm with the series composer of Rinne no Lagrange by his/her side……. well can be another good surprise, especially when the director, Ai Yoshimura shown that he/her can handle comedy(Gintama, Daily Lives of High School Boys) and drama( Anohana,Oreimo and Sora no Manimani)

    Photo Kano:

    Kano is one the shows that I’m really looking forward to this season, not because of studio or its premise. It’s because of man who is directing the show, named Akitoshi Yokoyama. What I can say about Yokoyama that hasn’t been said before beside that he really talented and that his directing are superb.

    With all that fanboying out that way I’m curious why Akitoshi is directing this sorta show, my guess is that he was ask to by one of his friends since last the project he directed was because of one of his friends ask him could he directed it.

    Side note: You guys/ most casual fans probably know him best by his Naruto Shippuden episode, episode#131 the Pein vs. Jiraiya fight.

    Attack on Titan:

    Attack on Titan is probaly the most hype up show this spring, rightfully so with its potential to another Fullmetal Alchemist hit. Although I’m not too sold on it yet due the fact that I feel that adaptation will go the way of Magi. With that said I’m still looking forward to it(probably because I want to see what Tetsuro Araki told his storyboarders on it , for an example look at High School of the Dead’s Saeko Busujima’s Matrix breasts scene

    Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:

    An top comedy ?! and its being directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara!! I definitively going to check this one out

    OreImo#2:

    As Amuro said I really enjoyed the 1st season of OreImo since it remind me of my relationship with my one of my sister when we were younger. So I’ll be watching the 2nd season to see how its going to wrap up.

    Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet:
    Being mildly disappointed with Psycho-Pass, I don’t know how feel about this upcoming Urobuchi’s series. But I guess I’ll check few episodes to see how it is

    Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:

    I’m not really looking forward for to this, but I know it will have great production value and sakuga:), so you guys I’ll be watching couple of episodes of season 2.

    Valvrave the Liberator:

    Once again, as Amuro said I’m certainly looking forward to this, but little bit mad the mecha action will be in CGI.

    Steev: Shounen Anime

    Steev I suggest u go check out the first ten minutes of Naruto SD episode#51, it’s Naruto, Rock Lee vs. Sasuke. Here is a clip of their fight:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSXVEZC6pS4

    Also there should be another deluxe NARUTO Shippuden episode upcoming

    • RDG: I’m not sensing similarities to Another besides the fact that both Another and RDG are adapted from novels (not light novels… novels). I come into RDG expecting more than I did from Another.

      Karneval: Same thoughts.

      Flower of Evil: I like that Zexcs is getting outside of themselves with their past two shows (this and “Say I Love You”). I was hating on Gokumi in the preview and I use to think that way about Zexcs, but maybe they’re turning a corner and more deserving of (at least my) respect.

    • I just don’t watch Naruto weekly. I want a new weekly shounen anime, not one I have to stop watching for months because of long filler arcs.

  • steev, I’m curious at what point between our draft and doing coverage of Railgun did you realize that it wasn’t gonna be for Index. I marathoned Railgun (kind of begrudgingly) after it had aired. What “S” is based off sounds interesting since I get the sense that the whole series will center around this one Little Sisters arc.

    • Right when I started working on the preview.. I typed in “Magical Index” in AniDB and notice there wasn’t a new season. S does sound better because of the arc, but my problem is I doubt it will have the same impact or that it will delve too seriously into the arc. Season 1 of Railgun was more fluff than serious. Plus, I don’t like the girls very much. The lesbian bitch only has a few good moments in Index and is more annoying than fun. Saten is useless and Uiharu isn’t interesting in the slightest bit.

      • Cervi

        How about now? New thoughts on Railgun S?

        • I still haven’t picked it up. I am going to wait till it is over and then see which episodes I want to watch. Jrow is watching it though.

          • Anrya

            Sorry to intrude into ur conversation but I think Railgun S is great. Maybe it’s because I started with Railgun and not Index, but I really like Misaka as the main. It’s not often that I get to see a badass girl that is unique o3o But really, you should watch it. Yeah the first season didn’t give Misaka enough screen time but in season 2 I enjoy her role with the Sisters~ Also I do agree a bit with steev about the other characters besides Misaka but exactly why I like S better ^^ Less off all that silly stuff and more spotlight for Misaka.

        • Railgun has been great and I’ve been pleased with the ongoing Little Sisters arc. It really picked up with episode 5 onward and I was loving the action from the most recent episodes; solid work there by J.C.