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This Genius’s Compendium For The Spring 2013 Anime Season

Spring

All right, all right, just in time for the Spring season to start, I finally complete the Spring 2013 anime compendium. And boy, Spring has a bunch of shows to watch compared to the dreary Winter season. I can only expect however, to watch less anime in the Spring instead of the Winter. Because A)moar TV shows, less shorts! B)Reasons really. It’ll just turn out that way, but regardless, Spring looks loaded with great shows; we’ll have to see if they live up to expectations though.

Anyways, usual rules as past compendiums: I rank only all of the new anime shows that air, not any sequels (Hi Nyaruko and OreImo 2) or existing franchises (looking at you, Space Battleship Yamato). I don’t rank shorts; if I do, it’s because I couldn’t find enough information to make sure they weren’t a short. Anyways, just because I don’t have the sequels on the list doesn’t mean you don’t have to talk about them; feel free to share what you’re looking forward to this Spring season. Now, let’s get this compendium started.

21. Photo Kano

Title: Photo Kano
Genre: Romance
Studio: Madhouse
Director: Akitoshi Yokoyama (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Akitoshi Yokoyama (First Series Composition)
Original Creator: Koushi Tachibana
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013
Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/photokano/
Summary:

The story revolves around the male protagonist who just got a DSLR camera from his dad and start to develop photography as his new hobby.

My Take: The only thing I can really share is that this is based off a Dating Sim game. No really, I have nothing. There’s no trailer, we have one guy directing it and doing the series composition, and that is all. It almost doesn’t make sense to rank it last since information will probably trickle out the closer the anime gets to air time; but yeah, it’s got nothing going for it right now compared to everything else on this list, even though Madhouse is working on this.

20. Aiura

Aiura

Title: Aiura
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Studio: LIDEN FILMS
Director: Ryosuke Nakamura (Mouryo no Hako)
Series Composition: Ryosuke Nakamura (First Series Composition)
Original Creator: Chama
Air Date: Apr 9, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/aiura/
Summary:

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.”

My Take: I can only hope this is a short. I really do. Or maybe it could be like Nichibros. Well, maybe. Right now though, this sounds like a pretty boring anime. It will have to do a lot to impress me then.

19. My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteru, Oregairu)

Oregairu

Title: My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteru, Oregairu)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Studio: Brains Base
Director: Ai Yoshimura (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Shotaro Suga (Rinne No Lagrange)
Original Creator: Wataru Watari
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/oregairu/
Summary:

This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.

My Take: Brains Base, what happened to you? I remember you used to direct some fairly acclaimed shows (Natsume, Penguindrum); now you’re working on stuff that makes me go why (Amnesia, Sengoku Collection). And it looks like this show will be a new addition. Maybe Yoshimura’s background in Gintama & Nichibros will help? With no trailer to really prove itself, I do not have the highest of hopes for this series, hence why it starts where I think it should start: 19th!

18. Yuyushiki

Title: Yuyushiki
Genre: Slice of Life
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Director: Kaori [Akari Tomiyama] (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi (Gakuen Heaven, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Togainu No Chi)
Original Creator: Komata Mikami
Air Date: Apr 10, 2013
Official Website: http://www.yuyushiki.net/
Summary:

The manga follows the school life of three girls in the data processing club—Yuzuko, Yukari, and Yui.

My Take: Having the main characters all have the Y in their name…so deep.

…Anyways, there’s not much I can really say. The trailer advertises it as three girls doing things, they look all right, and it’s supposed to be a slice of life, so…eh. The director of this show has probably the weirdest history in terms of what I’ve researched for my Compendium series, and Natsuko has been around the writing block, so…who knows. I’m not all that impressed though.

17. The “Hentai” Prince and The Stony Cat (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko)


Title: The “Hentai” Prince and The Stony Cat (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Studio: J.C Staff
Director: Youhei Suzuki (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Michiko Itou (Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise!, Ro-Kyu-Bu)
Original Creator: Sou Sagara
Air Date: Apr 13, 2013
Official Website: http://www.henneko.jp/
Summary:

Youto Yokodera is always thinking about his carnal desires, but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Youto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish — that she would not display her real intentions so readily.

My Take: Well, I don’t think this has a decent chance to be any good. This may be a more developed harem (maybe), and it will probably have its laughs, but needless to say, the staff of this show is a red flag. I can’t really kill our first time director too much, but yeah, we do have a first time director on this show. And then we go to the series composer, and my immediate reaction was head to desk. Let’s just say I survived three episodes of Twin Angel for all the wrong reasons, and lasted an episode into the basketball anime with small children. I don’t have a lot of hope for this anime.

16. Boku No Ousama 

Title: Boku Wa Ousama
Genre: Comedy, Children
Studio: Graphinica
Director: Takashi Horiuchi (First Directorial Work)
Original Creator: Shizuko Wakayama, Teruo Teramura
Air Date: Apr 6, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://www.rironsha.com/?mode=f74
Summary:

The stories follow a king who loves eating eggs and playing around, and despises studying. Despite his gluttonous, self-centered, boastful ways, he has endeared himself to generations of children.

My Take: I should probably point out that I chose the video rather than a picture since in the end, actions can speak a bit louder. I can only believe this series is popular in Japan, and especially for the kids. Should you be looking forward to it? Eh, probably not, but it seems like it’ll be a pleasant enough series that’s now gonna be animated.

15. Dansai Bunri No Crime Edge

Title: Dansai Bunri No Crime Edge
Genre: Action, Romance
Studio: Gokumi
Director: Yuji Yamaguchi (Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, Fate/Stay Night)
Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata (Saki, Monster, Cardfight Vanguard!!)
Original Creator: Tatsuhiko Hikagi
Air Date: Apr 3, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://crimeedge.com/
Summary:

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!

My Take: First reaction in reading the synopsis: what kind of wacky synopsis is that supposed to be? I mean seriously, really? Are you kidding me? And then I watch the trailer and go, “This might just turn out to be the most bipolar series of Spring 2013.” Well, if there is a hope for this show, the series composer (aside from the stuff above) has done work for Horizon, Master Keaton, Natsuiro Kiseki, and A-Channel, to name a few; maybe this will be a work that follows in their lineage by at least being loved by someone. Or something.

14. Mushibugyou

Title: Mushibugyou (Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo)
Genre: Action, Historical
Studio: Seven Arcs
Director: Takayuki Hamana (Moshidora, The Prince of Tennis, The Beast Player Erin)
Series Composition: Yoichi Kato (Miracle Train, Aikatsu!)
Original Creator: Hiroshi Fukuda
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://mushibugyo.jp/
Summary:

The action story is set in Edo-era Tokyo in the early 1700s. The eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered boxes to be installed so commoners can submit their thoughts. After hearing their voices, the shogun creates a new magistrate unit—Mushibugyou—to protect the people in the heart of the city. Each member is a specialist with unique fighting skills.

My Take: Well, the trailer didn’t really advertise the series all that much. The character designs seem out of place to me. Also, boobs. The staff of this show seems to be competent. I guess really, it comes down to how good the manga is, so that’ll determine how the show goes. For now, it’ll have to be ranked where I got it until further notice.

13. Hataraku Maou-Sama!

Title: Hataraku Maou-Sama!
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Studio: White Fox
Director: Naoto Hosoda (Shuffle!, The Future Diary)
Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Beezlebub, Maria Holic, Busou Shinki)
Original Creator: Satoshi Wagahara
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013
Official Website: http://maousama.jp/
Summary:

In another dimension the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses.

My Take: White Fox has been known for four titles: Tears to Tiara, Steins;Gate, Jormungand, and Katanagatari. Let’s just say Hataraku Maou-Sama is way out of left field compared to those, and in viewing the trailer and the staff behind this series, I have my doubts, and especially so considering what’s airing this Spring. The synopsis is decent enough, the trailer had its moments but was ok. I have not heard good things about Shuffle!. I watched all of Future Diary, and I think it could have been better. I didn’t last very long in Beezlebub (for some unknown reason), and I definitely did not last very long in Busou Shinki. I guess this is the work that White Fox takes a season off since they’ve for the most part worked on some good stuff recently?

12. Karneval

Title: Karneval
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Studio: Manglobe
Director: Eiji Suganuma (Kodomo No Jikan, Mashiroiro Symphony)
Series Composition: Touko Machida (AMNESIA, The Idolm@ster, Battle Girls: Time Paradox)
Original Creator: Touya Mikanagi
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://karneval-anime.com/
Summary:

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”. The Circus is a Defense organization that works for the government. They perform raids to capture criminals and solve crimes that the Security force otherwise cannot handle. After their raids, they put on shows as an apology for scaring the citizens. Their group consists of the strongest, most capable fighters that use a special type of bracelet, known as Circus I.D., to fight.

My Take: I initially had some hope. The hook is pretty interesting, the trailer has action, a balance (somewhat) of men and woman appearing on the screen, and decent music. Then I got to see who’s adapting it. I’m not exactly sure directing Kodomo No Jikan and Mashiroiro (which I watched an episode of) is a good thing. And while many like The Idolm@ster (which, has more than one series composer I add), having Amnesia and Battle Girls to your credit doesn’t inspire confidence in me. This will have to exceed my expectations.

11. Red Data Girl

Title: Red Data Girl
Genre: Fantasy
Studio: P.A Works
Director: Toshiya Shinohara (Book of Bantorra, Black Butler (S1), Gunparade Orchestra)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Air Master, C3, Joshiraku, Senyuu)
Original Creator: Noriko Ogiwara
Air Date: Mar 16, 2013 (Pre-Air), Apr 4, 2013 (TV)
Expected Episode Count: 12
Official Website: http://rdg-anime.jp/
Summary:

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 quite shy and destroys all the electric devices she touches. When she begins to think about going out of the mountains and moving to the city, her guardian Sagara Yukimasa recommends her to enter a high school in Tokyo and forces his son Miyuki to serve Izumiko for life. Miyuki and Izumiko repel each other but their relationship begins to change when a terrifying accident occurs on the school excursion. Izumiko learns her fate as the last representative (yorishiro) of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki learns of his duty as a guardian Yamabushi of Izumiko.

My Take: Not very impressive, for now I guess. The trailer is good enough and it probably will be something of merit at least, but it didn’t exactly blow me away since I’m suddenly reminded of HanaIro/Tari Tari. P.A really loves this style huh? That being said, this trailer and the summary (which is cool enough) is not what earned it this low ranking; having Air Master and C3 to your credit is not exactly something that inspires me, and the director has mostly directed movies instead of TV series. I don’t have much hope for this one…

10. Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-San

Title: Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-San
Genre: Comedy
Studio: Tatsunoko
Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-To, Wooser No Sono Higurashi, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)
Original Creator: Keiji Nashima
Air Date: Apr 2013
Official Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/muromisan/
Summary:

Mukoujima Takurou is a lonely teenager who spends his time fishing at the pier and, to his incredible surprise, fishes up Muromi, a mermaid. Muromi first off doesn’t realize she’s a mermaid until she meets Takurou. Not only that, she is incredibly dense and crazy and has a drinking problem to top it off. Now every time Takurou goes fishing, Muromi appears and makes life interesting for him.

My Take: Hmm, sounds kind of by the book, with a lead character being dense and all. It also doesn’t have a trailer, so that means it won’t rank well on this Compendium. And it does have a first time director as well. It might help to have someone like Fudeyasu working on this show, and who knows, it might be a funny series. Keep an eye for it I would say.

Edit: Since I was pretty determined to get this out today, lo and behold, a trailer for the show surfaced hours after I had already written my piece on this anime. A true professional would have erased his thoughts on the work and added his new work in. Sorry, that’s just not me. So anyways, with the trailer, it just looks crazy and stupid. That alone might make it good enough. And apparently there are lots of girls. The style is kind of weird, but tolerable to me. I have a bit more confidence that this might be a sleeper comedy for the Spring season.

9. Date A Live


Title: Date A Live
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Studio: AIC Plus+
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormungand, Phantom: The Animation)
Series Composition: Hideki Shirane (Hidan No Aria, Kill Me Baby, Yumekui Merry)
Original Creator: Koushi Tachibana
Air Date: Mar 16, 2013 (Pre-Air), Apr 4, 2013 (TV)
Expected Episode Count: 12
Official Website: http://date-a-live-anime.com/
Summary:

Thirty years ago a strange phenomena called a “spacequake” devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on a irregular basis. Shid? Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the “Spirits” who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits’ powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit, he must make her fall in love with him.

My Take: Oh noes. This is clearly a trap. It’s never a good thing when the majority of the trailer features one guy and a bunch of girls, and well, this trailer does exactly that. That’s not a completely bad thing, but chances are this will tend to steer to a side where less plot + hot girls = boring series. I did enjoy the trailer due to the action I admit though, but the staff behind this anime doesn’t exactly give me hope, since aside from Jormungand (Phantom, and some other works the director has made I’ll mention in the other work he’s directing this season), the rest of the series the two people I’ve highlighted created works that were less than ideal…so says the internet. The music sounds good though, so who knows, it might be interesting enough, but the warning signs are there.

8. Arata Kangatari

Title: Arata Kangatari
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Studio: Satelight
Director: Kenji Yasuda (Croisee In A Foreign Labyrinth, Shugo Chara), Woo Hyun Park (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Mayori Sekijima (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase, Rio: Rainbow Gate, Skip Beat!)
Original Creator: Yuu Watase
Air Date: Apr 8, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://arata-anime.com/
Summary:

Every 30 years, a new princess is chosen from the Hime family to serve the Hayagami. The time has come again, but over these past years, records state not a single female has been born, save for one, the 15-year-old Arata. The only problem is, Arata is actually a male! Forced to disguise himself and take the place of the princess candidate until a formal one can be found, he attends the festival only to witness the current princess, Kokuri-hime, murdered, and his own life is forfeit as well, by the hands of the princess’ personal guard, the 12 Shinshou. As he runs for his life, Kannagi of the 12 Shinshou convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head!

My Take: Oh man Yuu Watase, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a work of yours animated…it’s also been a good long while since I’ve read your manga series too. See, I used to read Arata Kangatari some years ago online, then I stopped for some reason, then I picked up two volumes, then stopped again. I got decently far in it so I thought it was pretty good, and it only confirmed that Watase is not too shabby with shounen stuff. But of course I haven’t picked it up in forever, so take that as you will. The trailer’s ok. The staff seems competent for the most part (Oh Rio: Rainbow Gate!), so, maybe this will do well. I think.

7. Aku No Hana

Aku No Hana

Title: The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Psychological
Studio: Zexcs
Director: Hiroshi Nagahama (Detroit Metal City, Mushishi)
Series Composition: Aki Itami (First Series Composition work)
Original Creator: Shuuzou Oshimi
Air Date: Apr 6, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://akunohana-anime.jp/
Summary:

Kasuga Takao is a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and his Venus, and he admires her from a distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up. In the classroom, he finds not only his book, but Saeki’s gym uniform. On a mad impulse, he steals it.

Now everyone knows “some pervert” stole Saeki’s uniform, and Kasuga is dying with shame and guilt. Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura, saw him take the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life. Will it be possible for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki, despite Nakamura’s meddling and his dark secret? What exactly does Nakamura intend to do with him?

My Take: I’m not sure what’s gonna happen when I watch this anime. This could be on Mysterious Girlfriend X level, but the first volume I read of it doesn’t involve drool–that’s right, I read Vol 1 of the manga…and I was supposed to read more, but that hasn’t happened yet. Even though there are some…disturbing things in the work. It does make me wonder how the adaptation will turn out; it does help to have a good director on tap. I think.

6. Danchi Tomoo

Title: Danchi Tomoo
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Studio: NHK
Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Lots of Doraemon, Space Brothers, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
Series Composition: Takashi Yamada (Captain Tsubasa J, Ginga E Kickoff, Heartcatch Precure!)
Original Creator: Tobira Oda
Air Date: Apr 6, 2013 (TV)
Official Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/tomoo/
Summary:

It’s a heartwarming and sometimes nonsense comedy about an elementary school boy Daichi Tomoo.

My Take: Hmm. Looks like this will be an interesting little production. The series has been running in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits since 2003; the trailer is nothing special, but looks like a bunch of fun will be had; the director I would say has been around the block when it comes to directing; and the writer has done some pretty interesting stuff, because aside from the ones I listed, he’s done the series composition for Ojamajo Doremi and Yumeiro Patissiere. This might be a surprise title for the Spring season.

5. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei No Gargantia)

Title: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei No Gargantia)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio: Production I.G
Director: Kazuya Murata (First Directorial Work)
Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi (Psycho Pass, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blassreiter)
Air Date: Apr 7, 2013
Official Website: http://gargantia.jp/
Summary:

While fighting an intense inter-galactic war, a mecha pilot was accidentally warped into a space-time neither he nor the computer of his mecha could recognize. After waking up from a long-time hibernation, he found himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language, using inferior technologies, and — most shocking to him — naturally breathable air

My Take: Oh look, another Gen Urobuchi work! With Psycho Pass all about to wrap up, guess it’s time to take the show into the other part of Sci-Fi, and it involves space! Now, whether that will be a good thing we’ll have to see; we’ll also have to see how long time anime staffer, first time director Kazuya Murata will do when it comes to directing this anime. But compared to everything above it, I have to think that this show should start here.

4. Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

Title: Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio: Dogakabo
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (Katanagatari, Majikoi, Yumeria)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Jyu-Oh-Sei, K-On!)
Original Creator: Rando Ayamine
Air Date: Apr 4, 2013
Official Website: http://mjp-anime.jp/
Expected Episode Count: 24
Summary:

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 academic city Grandzehle.

My Take: Oh man, these designs take me back to my childhood, where back in the day, Gundam SEED aired on TV…nowadays it totally reminds me of Fafner and Heroic Age. Oh that Hisashi Hirai!

Anyways, this looks like it’ll be fairly decent stuff…maybe. It’s probably not good that Dogakabo is adapting this since their history has been less than stellar, but it does have a veteran director working on this, and also a veteran series composer. Surely that’s a good thing right? Also, space. And mechas. And…and…well, I think this will be interesting.

3. Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Title: Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Genre: Supernatural
Studio: Bridge
Director: Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats, Humanity Has Declined, Persona 4 The Animation)
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (Space Brothers, Seikon No Qwaser, Humanity Has Declined)
Air Date: Apr 2013
Official Website: http://ds2a.jp/
Summary:

The anime series will adapt Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Nintendo DS role-playing game.

My Take: Well I have to admit, I’m looking forward to seeing how this series plays out. The trailers (which I found a mashup of) look interesting, though I worry about the director a bit since Humanity didn’t quite work out for me, and while it helps to have Space Brothers as a credit, not sure if having Seikon No Qwaser is a good thing. Still, these two have actually worked together before (Kamisama Dolls, Humanity Has Declined, Tentai Senshi Sunred, and Seto no Hanayome), so surely that might be a good thing right? So I think it belongs in my Top Three.

2. Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave)

Title: Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave)
Genre: Mecha
Studio: Sunrise
Director: Kou Matsuo (Kure-nai, Red Garden, Natsuyuki Rendezvous)
Series Composition: Ichiro Okouchi (Creator of Code Geass, Script for Planetes, Turn A Gundam,  Uchuu No Stellvia)
Air Date: Apr 11, 2013
Official Website: http://www.valvrave.com/
Summary:

The story is set in the year Shinreki (“True Calendar”) 71, when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called Jiru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto (voiced by Ryota Ohsaka), a high school student who lives in Jiru, encounters the mysterious “forbidden” humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.

My Take: Well, this series has probably everything I could possibly look for in a title. For starters, Sunrise is adapting this, and they’ve been on my good side for the most part recently; that and I think Sunrise has some sort of experience with Mech shows (do I really need to go into that?). Then you get down to the fact that it is an original series, so that deserves a look as well. The staff is credible enough (especially Mr. Okouchi), and the trailer was fairly decent. So you can surely count on this anime being one of the best of 2013. Outside of Sword Art Online and Bakamatsu (SAO is popular, but I think it’s a 6/10 show; I like Bakamatsu enough, but not a lot of people like it), every anime I’ve ranked #2 has lived up to its expectations, starting with Chihayafuru, Nichibros, Kids on The Slope, and Shin Sekai Yori. It only makes sense that the shows that did not live up to expectations happened to air in the weakest of seasons, so there, take my word for it, this show will rock…maybe.

1. Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin)

Title: Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyoujin)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Studio: Wit Studio/Production I.G
Director: Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, High School of The Dead, Guilty Crown)
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012), Casshern Sins, Shakugan No Shana III)
Original Creator: Hajime Isayama
Air Date: Apr 6, 2013
Official Website: http://shingeki.tv/
Summary:

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Elen and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Elen vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.

My Take: On the other hand, I just gave the death knell to Attack on Titan, as I have never gotten the anime I’ve ranked first right. See, here’s my track record of anime that I’ve ranked #1:

Fall 2011: Guilty Crown — lampooned forever
Winter 2012: Another — 7/10, destroyed by most bloggers everywhere
Spring 2012: Zetman — I only got through three eps, came nowhere close to living up to expectations
Summer 2012: Natsuyuki Rendezvous — 8/10, everyone else hates it
Fall 2012: Zetsuen No Tempest — I think too many people dropped it early enough, as only a handful of people I follow actually love the anime
Winter 2012: Sasami-San@Ganbaranai — Decided to wait until it concluded; I think only three people I follow actually love the show

So clearly, I must know some sort of magic that corrupts anything I choose #1 in my compendium. But at this point, there isn’t another show on this list that has blown me away (and gotten me to watch over and over and over) than this anime, which is adapted from a popular manga series — and initially a manga series I misjudged. A few years ago it got so strangely popular that I had to see what all the fuss was about. I was not all that impressed. I then end up buying the manga version last year and proceeded to read it over and over again. So far I’ve collected 3 volumes, and each has been fairly impressive to me. Now that it is in animated form, everything that hurts the series — well, really, the art in the manga is terrible — is negated, and boy does the anime look great. But yes, this series has been hyped to hell. I have no idea if it will be able to live up to expectations. That’s where the staff comes in. Hi there Guilty Crown director. This time you have a competent series composer backing you. Surely you can’t screw this up right?

…Right?

And that ends my thoughts on all the anime. Feel free to share what you’ll be looking forward to this spring! Meanwhile, a few more thoughts on how the season should shape up:

The Cart Driver
Nabe!! (Iso’s Picks and Hiromi’s Picks)
MoarPowah
AngryAnimeBitches
Star Crossed Anime Blog

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Justin

Justin is the founder of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses. Anime & manga fan that likes to blog about anime and manga, is addicted to sports, and weak to crossovers. You can follow Justin on Twitter @Kami_nomi.

Comments

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  1. wanderindreamr Mar 14th, 2013 10:19

    Aw crap, I hadn’t connected the dots and realized that My Youth Romantic Comedy and Yahari were the same thing. I was already worried since Yahari sounded a bit too much like My Little Monster (which I did like but I don’t like to see the same show over and over) and this is even more worriesome, guess I won’t be trying that out unless the reviews are really good.
    As for Karneval, I was excited as well since I tried the manga which is okay at points and good at others, and then I found out it was going to be only one cour and I can’t see a good way to end it and that’s when the manga-ka was still trying to figure out what they wanted to make the story about. That one I’m at least going to try but you pointing out whose adapting
    it has me even more nervous now….

    • Justin (Admin) Mar 14th, 2013 13:07

      I aim to make people think about the choices you made in this compendium (in addition to maybe considering other stuff, if possible) for the spring season. If I have made you consider what Karneval’s all about, then that means I have done my job. Maybe xD

      • wanderindreamr Mar 14th, 2013 14:02

        Well I was already worried yet still plan on checking it out so this didn’t change my feelings much, just preparing myself for disappointment well in advance. XD

  2. bobzilla21 Mar 14th, 2013 11:36

    NOOO! Why would you jinx Shingeki no Kyojin by putting it at number 1! It’s the only show I care about this season. D:

    • Justin (Admin) Mar 14th, 2013 13:08

      HEY, CARE ABOUT OTHER ANIME THIS SPRING–

      Well, hold up, it’s not like I could trick myself long enough to put it at #2! I mean, that trailer…that synopsis…that staff!!!

  3. Karry Mar 14th, 2013 17:16

    And now forget all this garbage, and prepare to be blown away by Yamato2199.

    • Justin (Admin) Mar 14th, 2013 17:31

      W-what no, Karry! This garbage is great stuff (well, at least Attack on Titan should be great)! And Yamato 2199 will be great too!!! (It should be!)

  4. azeriraz Mar 18th, 2013 9:11

    Don’t worry. Attack on Titan should be a winner (touch wood + all other superstitious rituals).

    • Justin (Admin) Mar 18th, 2013 12:44

      I’ll think about doing all of what you suggested if Attack on Titan fails dramatically :D

  5. paper Mar 29th, 2013 1:04

    Yay for Shingeki no Kyojin. If this series doesn’t work out, I guess I could watch all the other stuff that I’ve been putting off. However, I must say, those who dropped Zetsuen no Tempest missed out on amazingly orchestrated mindfucks and twisting of logic.

    Have you seen the last episode for Tempest yet?

    • Justin (Admin) Mar 29th, 2013 11:41

      If the series doesn’t work out, I will ban myself from doing Compendiums for the foreseeable future. You heard from no one, ok?!?!

      I did. It was a troll end xD But overall, pretty fun anime that was cool.

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