Spring 2013 Anime Preview

Anime Opinions, Anime Preview, Article — By on April 2, 2013 4:38 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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~Table of Contents~

Chart

Excellent

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku

Good-ish

Arata: The Legend
Hataraku Maousama!
Kakumeiki Valvrave

Okay (sorta maybe)

Aiura
Date a Live
Devil Survivor 2 – The Animation
Mushibugyo
Shingeki no Kyojin
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
Zettai Bouei Leviathan

Shit

Aku no Hana
Dansai Buri no Crime Edge
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
Karneval
My Little Pony ~Tomodachi wa Mahou~
Namiuchigawa no Muromi-san
Otona Joshi no Anime Time
Photo Kano
RDG – Red Data Girl
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Suisei no Gargantia
Yuyushiki

Sequels to Recently Aired Shows

Haitai Nanafa
Haiyore! Nyaruko
Hyakka Ryouran
OreImo
Pretty Rhythm
Sparky and Friends
Uta no Prince-Sama
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san

Summary

 

 

 

 

Chart

This is my modified Zeregate chart. Had to turn it into a link cuz it was causing article issues.

http://www.crymore.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/crymore-best-opinions-spring-2013-animes12.jpg

Images are in order of my interest. Except for the sequels part, cuz I stopped caring around then.

 

 

Excellent

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/hentai-ouji-to-warawanai-neko-r537

Scanlations.

Scanlations.

Hm, how to sell this…

Well, the set-up is pretty retarded — a pervert wants to be recognized as such because he thinks it’ll get him drowning in pussy, but he realizes that’s an issue after a god grants his wish, so he tries to fix his mistake.

But then hilarity ensues.

Oh Barbara, u so pretty

Oh Barbara, u so pretty

See, unlike most Japs, the writer here knows what the fuck “comedic timing” is and uses it really fucking well. I hope to the gods that this carries over into the anime adaptation.

JC Staff, don’t let me down.

 

 

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku

This is written by the guy who did Lucky Star, huh? And KyoAni isn’t doing it?

miyakawake

oha-lucky

Hype as fuck.

 

 

 

 

Good-ish

Hataraku Maousama!

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/hataraku-maousama-r6241

Two demons escape from certain death in their realm and now have to navigate the tricky and complex world of social situations in modern-day Japan! How original!

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Okay, it’s pretty enjoyable. Assuming you aren’t expecting to actually laugh (I can count the number of times anime has made me laugh on just my fapping hand), it’ll be a decent comedy series.

Think of it as Maoyuu Maou Yuusha crossed with Ben-to. And then don’t think of it like that because that’s a terrible comparison.

 

 

Kakumeiki Valvrave

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Looks like it could get kinda fucked-up. I’m in.

 

 

Arata: The Legend

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/arata-kangatari-r1790

Arata-the-legend_1

Now this is a shoujo I can get behind. And I’m actually a little miffed I had to put my books down to write this summary.

You’ve heard of Fushigi Yuugi and Ceres, right? Well, this is done by the same author.

Delicious nostalgia. And delicious image pulled from a Facebook page.

Delicious nostalgia. And delicious image pulled from a Facebook page.

The manga’s pretty fucking interesting, and even though most shoujo anime adaptations suck, I have my fingers crossed because it’s done by motherfucking Satelight — the brilliant bastards behind… Muv-Luv, Bodacious Space Pirates, and Symphogear.

OH GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

 

 

 

 

Okay (sorta maybe)

Mushibugyo

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/mushibugyo-r2646

It’s a shounen about a dude who fights bugs and aims to become the strongest warrior. Sounds pretty stupid until you realize it has tits and angry women.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t have enough of either to pull it to top-tier shounen heights, but there’s enough to justify wasting an afternoon or two on it.

 

 

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

yahari

Basing my expectations solely on that image… it’ll be okay. Main character will likely be a fag, but the cute girls will keep me dialed in.

 

 

Devil Survivor 2 – The Animation

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/devil-survivor-r6247

devil_survivor_2_conceptart_f1NaW

Well, I liked the game, even if it wasn’t all that great of a sequel to Devil Survivor. Unfortunately, the quality of the anime depends on what route they take, and it’ll probably be Daichi’s, so I’m not expecting much.

"I'm Daichi. I'm a coward and a waste of a character slot."

“I’m Daichi. I’m a coward and a waste of a character slot. I hope you enjoy my pussy ending.”

Should’ve animated DS1, since they’re likely playing it safe (and completely ignoring what made the games popular in the first place).

DeSu-Yuzu

Yeah, Yuzu’s ending sucked, but at least she was easy on the eyes.

 

 

Date a Live

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Generic harem shounen with copy pasta characters. It could be good, but it probably won’t be.

 

 

Shingeki no Kyojin

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/shingeki-no-kyojin-r429

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I fucking love this manga. Fucking. Love it.

However, I have no faith in this adaptation. Just check the PV — it looks like ass.

And not the good kind.

And not the good kind.

This is gonna be another Deadman Wonderland fuck-up, and you know it too. Keep those expectations low, friends. Maybe we’ll get a remake in 10 years. :(

 

 

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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Looks like another anime purportedly aimed at little girls that’s actually aimed at older men.

I’m 23, so I guess that makes me the target audience. :/

 

 

Aiura

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“The story centers around Amaya, Iwasawa, and Uehara—three ‘annoying, spirited high school girls with zero motivation’—and their classmates. Their daily life is ‘what happens when there is nothing happening.'”

That description plus that art. Easiest “avoid” recommendation ever.

Except, wait… Is that a girl in a plaid skirt with a red tie, white popped-collar shirt, open-button jacket, and D-grade stockings with matching brown shoes?

iwasawa saki

Gentleman (and gentleladies), I may have to revise that recommendation. This is now on my radar.

 

 

 

 

Stab me in the dick with a pair of rusty scissors and hope for my sake the tetanus kills me before I have to review any of these goddamn shitty shows

Aku no Hana

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/aku-no-hana-r436

This is a story about a mentally challenged boy who’s gay for some poet named Baudelaire.

aku_no_hana_01

Like most people who enjoy poetry, he’s a super creeper. And as such, he spends his days sniffing women’s clothes.

aku no failure

Fortunately for him, instead of a life of creepdom, some other braindicapped kid falls in love with him and blackmails him into cleaning her carpet every night after he sexually assaults another girl.

Manga moses, parting the vagina seas

Manga Moses, parting the vagina seas

And that’s the story. Sweet as candy.

If I had to describe it with a bad comparison, I’d say it’s a mix between Sakamichi no Apollon, Mysterious Girlfriend X, and Mirai Nikki. But, like, not the good parts of those (not that Sakamachi had any).

 

 

Otona Joshi no Anime Time

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If you thought that AMV (based on the movie) was super tears-worthy and dramatic, then you’re one of the people who would like this show.

If not, it’s just another boring josei, so don’t feel like you’ll be missing out if you skip it.

 

 

Dansai Buri no Crime Edge

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/dansai-bunri-no-crime-edge-r448

So this guy finds a girl who has hair that can’t be cut, and then he cuts it.

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Goddamn, this was a terrible manga. I lasted one chapter and had to give up. I had no clue what they were going for, nor do I have any interest in continuing the story. The characters suck, the plot sucks, the art sucks, and the everything sucks.

You know how Cuticle Detective Inaba was bad? This is ten times worse. Fuck this series.

 

 

My Little Pony ~Tomodachi wa Mahou~

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I tried watching the first two episodes of the English dub for this anime with a friend, but I couldn’t get why people like it. And I doubt the Japanese version will change my mind.

Oh well, at least the bronies will get some Applejack porn out of this deal. (And Rainbow Dash for me!)

 

 

Karneval

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/karneval-r4788

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A bad boy (who’s really a softy at heart~) meets up with a naive-to-the-world boy, and they go off searching for nttw-kun’s boyfriend. This search gets them involved with some crime-fighting organization called Karneval, which is legally obligated to put on circus-type events after they catch criminals.

Circus Time

I dunno, it’s fujobait.

 

 

RDG – Red Data Girl

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So apparently the pre-air’s already out for this. But I won’t watch it, because that would take too much time. So instead, I’m just gonna judge it based on this image.

2/5. Neither the boy nor the girl are cute enough to make this show enjoyable. Do not recommend.

 

 

Suisei no Gargantia

gargantia

Based on the description, this is a mecha about a guy who finds the love of nature in his heart.

And it’s animated by… Oh, Production IG. Yeah, this is gonna suck hard.

 

 

Photo Kano

Manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/photo-kano-your-eyes-only-r3863

It’s an anime based on a game where you creep on girls and take their pictures. The concept is solid, but I can only see this show fail when it comes to the execution part, especially since the manga was so shit.

tee hee photo kano

Ugh. Fatal Frame anime next, plz.

 

 

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince

It’s a mech anime made in the 90s that Dogakobo got desperate enough to release now. Don’t expect much.

 

Namiuchigawa no Muromi-san

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>Comedy anime

>Girl who loves boy, but boy is a complete faggot

>Those visuals

Yeah…

Now I don’t have anything against homobros, but seriously. If you’re in an anime and a girl wants you hard, you just gotta go for it, dude. Take one for the team — I can’t stand any more “girl likes boy, but her feelings aren’t returned” ‘comedies’.

 

 

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

fuck yamato

Remember how all the oldfags tried convincing everyone that Ozma would be great? Don’t believe their lies this time either.

 

 

Yuyushiki

Yuyushiki

4-koma adaptation, shitty art. Yeah, no.

 

 

 

 

Summary

~There are no shortcuts on the path to sagacity~



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68 Comments

NIAIK says:

TLDR
But you know, even though this may just be me, you have shit taste. But foe some stupid reason, I most of the times agree with you.
I think I should turn myself in for the otakuly insane asylum; Assuming one exists.

Dark_Sage says:

I’ve been known to have hivemind-approved taste every now and then:

http://www.crymore.net/2012/03/21/spring-2012-superior-anime-preview/

FalseDawn says:

Yeah, confirmed for sucky taste, but thanks for letting me know the Ayashi no Ceres mangaka has a new series. I enjoyed that one, so might give this one a try.

Choob says:

Dunno why katanagatari is listed on here when there hasn’t been an announcement for it.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh, looks like it’s a rerun airing. Deleted.

Dong says:

But it’s the best anime of the season even if it’s a rerun

Marow says:

Horrible taste as usual but I love you for that <3

rarely_upset says:

Theory: Ever since he bought 30 copies of whatever it was, Dark_Sage has been shit broke and he’s only making posts like this so he can at least

Spoiler:
eat his words.

I’m free every day, folks. More funnies where that came from.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh, those? Yeah, I ran out of shelves, so now I’m using them as a substitute.

http://www.crymore.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/dsfdsf.jpg

Humanity says:

Flawless plan.

I was wondering what I would do when I ran out of space on the current shelf I keep my collection on. But obviously the enlightened Dark_Sage already knew the brilliant answer! To store my anime (and games): I have to buy MORE anime!(and games)

Haidaraaaaa says:

>Z.O.E.
>Viewtiful Joe

Mah nigga

Novles says:
Spoiler:
Spoilers make me happy.
Solaristics says:

Dark_Sage Please…

Shingeki not excellent? PLEASE.

Dark_Sage says:

Did you watch the PV? I love the manga, but dude… let’s be real with each other for a sec.

Solaristics says:

I’ve watched the PV and I gotta admit that the Character voicing of Eren is shit. I like the Manga so I shall have faith.

Beelzebub says:

Of course, the VA for Eren is crap, it’s the shit voice for Shoe from GC and for Fatty from Accel World, only to name some recent shows he was in it.
Fuck me if I knew how his retarded voice could become so popular.

P.S.:
D_S should lay off the crack pipe.
The PV for SnK looks fantastic.

P.P.S.:
Aku no Hana will be Anime of the season, all seasons!

Kenji says:

As part of the manga reader, I’m more concerned about the ending. I mean, it’s an adaptation of ongoing manga; how often does it succeed.

Possibilities:
Original Anime Ending [Without explaining everything and filled with plot holes.]
Open Ended Ending [Brilliant, a full animated recap of previous chapters with brand new eye candies. Time to continue with the manga.]

There’s no Good End here. Just have to mentally prepare to enjoy the visual and ignore the plot.

perd says:

Shit taste as usual. Aku no Hana will be AotS, calling it now.

Anon says:

lolnope.

Hairy says:

I’m drawn to the hair cutting anime for some reason…

appropriant says:

As much as I’m hyped for Aku no Hana, that’s only because I’m a sucker for SODEEP. It may very well not become the greatest anime of the season which is bad because the only other shows I’m going to be watching are Shingeki no Kyoujin (gotta follow the Hypetrain of Eternal Relevance) and Railgun S (guilty pleasure).

Dark_Sage says:

Well, I don’t know if I’d call it deep. It’s like a very poorly done Fap Note.

Appropriant says:

It certainly raises some interesting points of discussion. This says nothing about the actual quality of the story, however, so I’m prepared to be disappointed either way.

raingod says:

Yo, D_S! Can I have the link of the boobs on the front, please?

Dark_Sage says:

Right click -> view image
Notice the poorly optimized code
Then grab the link

http://www.crymore.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hinako_side.png

raingod says:

Thanks!

Anonymous says:

First two episodes of Gargantia were great.

Numero_6 says:

Well, Yamato has already a dozen of episodes released as OVA, so you could judge watching at least one of them. In any case, “Ozma sucked, so Yamato 2199 will suck” is like saying “Inuyasha is awful, so Urusei Yatsura and Ranma can’t be good”.

FalseDawn says:

D_S also fails to notice that Ozma was something Leiji Matsumoto scribbled down in a margin somewhere while watching Dune thirty years ago, while Yamato is the space opera that made him famous.

But I suppose such details are worthless in the face of such *superior* taste.

Numero_6 says:

I don’t really care if D_S likes or not Matsumoto or old animes in general, the fact is it’s kinda incosistent judging it with a mere comparison with Ozma since every other anime on the list has an opinion based upon the manga or the PVs. Then, if we consider it’s a series already halfway, with 13-15 episodes released since last year, well, perhaps it should need something more exhaustive than “x is bad, y has the same author, so it should be bad too”

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t particularly care about making an argument to oldfags on that show — nostalgia has addled your brains to the point where any discussion is wasted.

I was warning people to not be drawn in by your lies again, which I think is a fair warning to give.

temp_late says:

Not that I trust MAL or similar, but Ozma’s 6.23, while the new Yamato 2199 is listed at 8.21. That’s the difference between confirmed shit and quite-possibly-shit tiers. (but for cereal, viewing audience voting on something in the middle of an OVA release cycle is heavily self-selected, biased)

Anyway, seems like the modern production values include tight bodysuits and tits. Might be a D_S thing, though probably not. I don’t really know about it.

Numero_6 says:

I wrote that Ozma was bad, and I didn’t even say my rating about Yamato 2199, so the Oldfag-argument is quite preposterous. I just said that there’s a dozen of episodes already available for a more accurate evaluation of the series (in fact, you could even don’t mention it in the post, since it’s technically not a spring 2013 series), instead of just saying “Ozma is bad, so Yamato 2199 should be bad, Oldfags you mad? trololo”. If you judge Hentai ouji based upon the manga, I think it’s kinda reasonable judging Yamato based upon at least one of the *fourteen* episodes already available, not upon a “sensation”.

No says:

So are you saying D_S needs to watch the entire show before making a prediction if the show is good or not? Or at what point can you make ‘Numero_6’ approved predictions if something is good or not?

Let’s not kid ourselves here either, if D_S would have said it was terrible after watching episode 1, you’d have replied: “You can’t judge it till you’ve seen eps 4!”
Not everyone has the time for this shit.
At least he posts what he is basing his predictions on.

Numero_6 says:

The problem is not “D_S doesn’t like Yamato”, the problem is “D_S did predictions of quite every spring anime basing upon manga reading or PVs, except for one who already has episodes released”. If he watched at least one episode (I don’t think he read every single chapter of every single manga mentioned), or even the first minutes then dropped it saying “Ugh, bad”, well, probably I would have written just the classic “D_S has shit tastes :P”.
In fact…what’s the point doing now a *preview* about an anime already started since last year?

herpderp353 says:

Yamato came out nearly two decades before I was born. The original isn’t super good, and the Fukkatsu-hen movie from 2009 also sucked dick in a lot of ways, but I’m loving this remake.

Like seriously, I don’t GAF what nobody says. I’m an independent black woman who don’t need no man, and I say this remake is the shiznit.

Cap’n Juzo’s a straight up gangster

herpderp353 says:

>Urusei Yatsura

27 years later and I’d still tap that

Kamica says:

It’s rare to find someone on the internet that isn’t a Gen Urobuchi fanatic. I see nothing but universal praise for him. And yet Suisei no Gargantia is listed as “shit tier” by Dark_Sage.

I would love to see an article in which D_S criticizes and compares Gen Butch works.

Dark_Sage says:

If Gargantia sucks, you’ll probably get one.

aoihakurei says:

B-But Suisei is written by Urobuchi Gen!

Dark_Sage says:

As was Psycho-Pass.

stushi says:

Which was also directed by Urobutcher.

Anonymous says:

I like how you judge Gargantia and Titan based solely on IG but you are very optimistic that JC Staff won’t fuck up Hentai Prince

aoihakurei says:

You didn’t like Psycho-Pass? Strange, I remembered you mentioning sometime that you liked it.

Dark_Sage says:

I liked it well enough at the start, but it never went anywhere.

2ColouredEyes says:

~Tomodachi wa Mahou~ will be a hit in JP. Hence, shit for D_S. nice taste.

Passerby says:

tl;dr I demand summary.

P32L says:

The table of contents may as well be the summary. If that’s not succinct enough for you, I’m afraid the only age-appropriate anime on this list is My Little Pony.

Passerby says:

Well, perhaps I’ll watch shows that catch my eyes, and little pony’s shit.

Beelzebub says:

In short: Anime sucks.

No says:

D_S recommending hentai* comedy?
Guess I should just catch up on last season (like hyobu)

*hentai = pervert

rwn says:

My list would be almost the complete opposite of yours so based on your previous previews I think I’m good to go.

stushi says:

Hey D_S, look at what I found!
https://www.change.org/petitions/animation-do-and-kyoto-animation-make-swimming-anime-cm-into-an-actual-series
So I can count on you to sub it when it airs, right? :P

Dark_Sage says:

Sure. You ladies deserve quality subs for those buttered abs.

njd09 says:

I can’t really say shit taste confirmed because it’s been well established by now, but the My Little Pony hate double confirms it. It’s gonna be better than anything airing this season.

pengu says:

I recently acquired the Pinky Pie, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy action figures from this weeks burgerking kids menu. No Rainbow Dash, I was so mad. WHY?!

Btw, what are your three sizes? You didn’t tell in the faq post. I was very disappointed.

P32L says:

Pingu>>>>>>>My Little Pony

Beckett says:

So Dark Sage out of curiosity any chance of blanket bans for anyone who praises My Little Pony? The only thing worse than this show’s existence is the man-children who watch it.

Anony says:

inb4 D_S admits to being a brony and bans you.

Anonymous says:

The staffing for Hentai Ouji is a bunch of no-names. Trust me D_S, it’ll be a shit adaptation. Probably as bad as Date a Live.

Kamica says:

I suggest getting the Aku no Hana review over with. Might be the worst anime i’ve ever seen.

+1 For accurate D_S predictions

Dark_Sage says:

10:18 in~

corocoro says:

Please no screenshots for it. I’m not sure I can handle seeing that pile of fail again.

Vagoo says:

All that really matters is that we’ll be getting new Kirino doujins.

Seriously though, this season looks awful. I thought spring was supposed to be a strong season.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, I was expecting a bit more too. Summer, maybe?

Vagoo says:

I’m guessing either studios don’t want to go up against OreImo and Index, or they’re just putting out all their cookie-cutter shows.

silvermoon says:

Arata: The Legend is technically classified as shounen since the manga was published in Shounen Sunday. I haven’t read the manga, but I’m looking forward to this one as Yuu Watase is one of my favorite mangaka.

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