Little Busters! Refrain
Comedy, Drama
J.C. Staff

I really can’t tell you how I made it through the first season of Little Busters. I sort of drifted along, never really invested in the characters or their problems. When the 26 episode run wrapped up with pretty much a non-ending and a short teaser for the next season, I really couldn’t care less. I didn’t play the visual novel this was adapted from, so had no prior expectations, so maybe it’s a case of the visual novel telling a better story? In any case, I went and spoiled the contents of Refrain after the first season ended. I’m not particularly excited for Refrain, but I’ll watch it for completion’s sake. From what I’ve gathered, more interesting stuff is set to happen here, so maybe it won’t be a total waste of time.

Magi 2
Action, Fantasy
A-1 Pictures

If you haven’t watched the first season of Magi, then you are missing out on one of the best Shounen anime to have aired in the last few years. It hits all the right notes when it comes to characters, story, and action. Needless to say, I am really excited about the upcoming season. I really like how they are producing the show as well. Splitting the show into 24 episode seasons every 6 months is really the way to go. That way we have no filler and it is just enough time for us to not forget everything that happened during the previous season. Last season ended with a huge event and I am excited to see what happens next.

Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
Action, Supernatural
Tatsunoko Productions

This one is pretty interesting. You got a team of four young people with special powers fighting youkai in a city where they live side by side with humans. The interesting part is that doing research on this convinced me to go back and watch the first few adaptations. I never saw the original Yozakura Quartet, which was animated by Nomad, but from what I’ve gathered, Hana no Uta looks like a huge improvement in terms of animation and character design. The man in charge of those things is Ryo-timo and he’s got a pretty impressive list of credits as key animator on several anime. Tatsunoko has been on a roll recently, so this is one to watch out for.

Hajime no Ippo Rising
Action, Sports

It’s been 4 years since New Challenger last aired, and I’m not only stoked for this new season, but pleasantly surprised that it was announced and confirmed to air so soon. Season 2 had an “ending” that didn’t feel anything like a finale, and I think while Ippo anime fans like myself are glad more anime is being produced, we have to realize that this is an incredibly long-running manga series and we should prepare ourselves for a similar closing to Rising. Very little (if anything) has changed in production staff as Madhouse is still animating and most seiyuu and staff are involved. I’ve always found Ippo to be a funny series and that “The Sweet Science” makes for excellent anime sport.

Ace of Diamond
Sports, Shounen
Madhouse & I.G

Production I.G & Madhouse are quite quite a combo, and the quality really does show in the trailer for this baseball anime that focuses on the battery between pitcher Eijun Sawamura & catcher Kazuya Miyuki. I don’t exactly seek out baseball anime even though I enjoy the sport, but if the important trinity of quality animation, great display of the sport being played and engaging characters and developments can be seen within this anime, then I’m pretty sure I can enjoy the heck out of Ace of Diamond, though seemingly in a different way from Big Windup!

Kuroku no Basuke 2
Sports, Shounen
Production I.G

With all the real life threats in Japan when this series tried to have special events, I was concerned that any plans for a second season would get benched, but I am glad they didn’t. Season one was ridiculous good and I only had one real problem with it. The season just stopped like there was going to be another episode. So just the simple fact that there is another episode, I am pretty excited about it. Being produced by Production I.G means it is also a damn good looking anime. One of the best looking Sports anime you’ll fine. If you haven’t seen the first season, then I doubt you’ll just pick up and go here, but I do highly recommend it. Especially if you are a big college basketball fan like myself. Go Duke!

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
Ecchi, Sports

So, what’s not to like about this show? Did you see that PV? If you needed more convincing, it’s from the character designer of Queen’s Blade and IkkiTousen, with staff from HagureYuusha. It’s about girls wrestling. I mean, I can’t spell this out any clearer. If it can be said that Steev stole Kyoukai no Kanata from me, then the same is true for me with this show and Jrow.

  • Animeblue

    General thoughts on Autumn 2013:

    Looking over this year lineup, I gotta say there surely lot action series this season which is no surprise considering how successful SOA and AOT was.On that note I’ll probably only be watching about five of them if the action animation isn’t to my likely.

    Somewhat one-liners:

    Studio GoHands latest project is going be the adaptation of Tomonori Inoue‘s manga “Coppelion” and Shingo Suzuki going to be directing it with both Susumu Kudo and Hiromitsu Kanazawa help eh…. Well that certainly got me somewhat excited since I enjoyed both, K and Mardock Scramble. Although their colour palette is getting rather annoying. Guess working out of basement will do that

    Nagi no Asukara:

    I don’t really know how to feel about Asukara, its certainly have potential, but on the other hand the last few P.A. Works drove me into such boredom that I don’t think I can take anymore.

    Outbreak Company:
    Sounds like another Campione!, so at this point I’ll pass.

    Golden Time:

    Despite its somewhat cliché atmosphere, I’m really exciting about the series as it’s another Takemiya Yuyuko’s work and it’s another series compose by Shimo Fumihiko(Air, Kanon, Clannad (and After Story) and Kokoro Connect). Someone who know how to do a good drama.

    Infinite Stratos 2:

    Might drop it a few episodes in, only in it because the first season didn’t really do it for me

    Strike the Blood:

    As Steev said it sounds promising,but when its comes to action, Sliver Link hasn’t been that impressive , so I going to watch an episode or two before making my final judgement.

    got his wish;

    Freezing Vibration/Magi 2:

    Will probably watch yet will constantly bitch about because I’m not a fan of watching animated rape. BTW Steev the ending of Magi S1 was fillerish


    I’m going to watch this because Tetsuya Takeuchi and the off chance of me find it to be entertaining

    Hajime no Ippo Rising/Ace of Diamond/Kuroku no Basuke 2/Yowamushi Pedal:

    Free! with more ……. but still fujosh bait 🙂

    BlazBlue Alter Memory:

    All I’ll say it that its better have Hironori Tanaka

    White Album 2:

    WTF Seiya Numata ? my anticipation just double

    Galilei Donna:
    I’m more interested in Yasuomi Umetsu’s real show, Wizard Barristers, but Galilei Donna going to be an good appetizer

    Samurai Flamenco:
    Takahiro Omori with the creator of Read or Die as an series composer ? I don’t know how it going to turn out, but I guarantee going to like it either way.


    As Steev said hopefully the production values isn’t too shabby since everything else looks promising

    Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road:

    Incoming another great FX animation show by Kinema Citrus ?

    Kill la Kill/Kyokai no Kanata/Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~/Kyousogiga:

    Since you guys already know how l feel about these series. I won’t say much just, Kyousogiga/Kill la Kill/Kyokai no Kanata/Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ are very strong contenders for the best anime of the year 😀

    BTW Amuro don’t forgot about Kyousogiga and upcoming annual NARUTO Shippuden sakuga episodes that will be appearing this season :)Also Magi and Samurai Flamenco will some bits of sakuga action.