Winter 2013 Anime Impressions
I wonder if we’ll ever see a return to a more diverse anime package for a season. Besides Maoyuu, everything else is just there to fill up and drain those minutes of the day when you’re bored. In a way that’s not so bad, but it would better if I could just watch something that would remind me of why I started watching anime in the first place. Come on, how about more anime where the characters actually face a real crisis other than trying to make friends or the like >_O. Either way, these 3 minute anime shorts are a great way for me to entertain myself while waiting for a ranked game to start in league of legends!
Worst season in recent memory. Even the shows or well show I was looking forward to turned out to be a disappointment. Seasons like this are why I don’t pay as much attention to anime anymore. Sure it is more popular, but there just isn’t much worth the time anymore for this medium. I can only hope the piles of garbage anime helps kill off some of the excess popularity for the sake of emphasis on quality again.
Puchimasu! Puchi Idol Master (1/01 Tue)
I am a nendoroid collector and I did watch the Idolmaster TV series, so it’s not far off that I would watch these 3 minute episodes! It’s silly, random, and most importantly so short that I can go through a league of legends ranked game picking session with it! Besides, it’s cute seeing the idols with their puchidol counterparts :3
Yama no Susume (01/02 Wed)
And for another 3 minutes, I can learn about mountain climbing with lolis! Japan and moe education at their finest…. Hey it could be worse, I could be spending 20 minutes vs 3 minutes of this per week!
Maou Maoyuu Yuusha (1/04 Fri)
Well, not surprisingly, this anime was on the top of my list this season. It had a premise and plot that definitely cast itself apart from most of the anime in the recent seasons. But beyond that it does feel like it’s progressing a lot faster than it should. The pacing feels off as they’re not covering some events and instead refer to them leaving us to wonder if the source material actually covered this or that. So the execution and direction of the anime doesn’t feel as fleshed out as the manga counterpart I had read. Still, with only 6 more episodes to go, I don’t feel confident about the conclusion of this anime. Either way, with the plot points we’re talking about here regarding economics, war and politics, it does feel like it would need more time.
WATCHING – Technically it’s still better than most of the crap in this season.
If there was ever a show made to prove how badly directors can ruin a series without resorting to art school drop out attempts to be edgy like the director of the Dance in the Vampire Bund tragedy. While this is still one of the better series due to how horrible this season is the lengthy focus on things that could be rushed and skipping over everything else leaves a bitter taste to what could have been a good show for once. Yes the animated medium never lives up to its counterparts this time it is particularly bad, they lost much of the fun lighthearted feel to the series. For someone who is not already familiar with the series they will miss out on many of the endearing scenes in favor of the poor choices of a director determined to trim out everything they found unnecessary. Considering how much time they spent on pointless additions or focusing on important yet not so entertaining scenes the series feels more rushed than it has to. It is a sad day when a director can so totally ruin the feel of a series that it no longer feels like the story and characters you know and love.
WATCHING – Only because there is not much better this season.
If I had to say, this would be a more funnier version of the previous Chuunibyou Koi Demo ga Shitai anime that aired last season. But to be honest, I’m more impressed with its usage of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure…. Gotta love the marketing Jojo is getting, and it helps that the anime is currently airing. Other than that, standard romance comedy, and a harem is starting to build for the protagonist. At this point, I just want to see more Jojo references :3 But I’ll give points to the main protagonist for utilizing chuunibyou in a real fight!
WATCHING ———–> Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Minami-ke Tadaima (1/05 Sat)
This is definitely a return to more of the style that was used in the first season, so we don’t have the train wreck that was season 2. As usual, another standard slice of life with a cute family of 3 sisters. The interactions between the family and the friends of the family make up the core content of the show. Nothing too different from other slice of life shows, but if you’ve watched the previous seasons, you’ll most likely be picking this up. And hey, there’s now twice the Fujikoka bears!
Ishida to Asakura (1/06 Sun)
So random and full of WTF moments… Perfect for a 3 minute short! Definitely my favorite of the anime shorts I’m currently watching as it somewhat has a retro anime feel. One day, Zen and I will open up that flower shop~
The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke (1/07 Mon)
This series turned into a disappointment the instant it made a tie in to Zettai Karen children I think was the title? Well whatever the parent series is for this show I felt the perspective was interesting as it followed what was essentially a terrorist cell and what their goals were. Unfortunately as I avoided the original series I was shocked by how stupid it was when everything fell apart the instant they brought in the original cast during episode five or six I believe it was. Being reminded of the reason I avoided the first series yet in a way that ruins this series by linking things as such just ruined everything that came before and made me instantly drop this show. Go back in time and kill off those three annoying girls from Japan, banishing them to be erased from existence and maybe just maybe this would be worth watching again.
DROPPED – Proof that little girls ruin everything.
Tamako Market (1/09 Wed)
Sometimes.. no, I believe these anime are attempting to turn us into monsters. KyoAni has once again created a moe show without equal this season. The designs and characters are so cute and fluffy that you can feel your brain rot. Add in a fat talking bird for laughs, KyoAni has completed a part of their conquest in moefying the whole of Japan. So for all you guys who want to take some cuteness home, this is definitely your cup of tea.
Sasami-san @ Ganbaranai (1/10 Thu)
Weird series that focuses on stalking. May have been more fun had there been more amusing comedy, sadly much of it was just rather boring. Tsundere stalker sister who obsesses over her brother who pampers her along with random delusions and painfully stupid scenes that exist to be laughed at but somehow are just so silly they aren’t funny anymore.
DROPPED – Well what can you expect from younger sisters?
Vividred Operation (1/10 Thu)
Loli butts…. definitely the successor of Strike Witches! If you’re aiming for cute lolis and every opportunity to see them flash their butts, say no more, your prayers have been answered. Sure we have an anime about fighting off an invasion of these alien beings, but hey when the world is in danger, even the genius scientist grandpa is more concerned about the power of loli love. So if you’re looking for loli fanservice at its finest, feel free to pop in and get more of the screenshot I put up above!
Kotoura-san (1/10 Thu)
For a romance comedy, this didn’t exactly have much in the comedy department. As a matter of fact, the first episode is a pretty sad case of child abandonment. If only Kotoura-san had Saiki Kusuo‘s family then maybe this show would actually be watchable. But overall, telepathic girl meets boy, perverted boy who attracts her with the power of his ero thoughts, joins club and eventually makes more friends. Even with the ESP, this show just doesn’t seem too different from the rest out there.
Mondai-ji tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Desuyo? (1/11 Fri)
Just like the former Dog Days, humans have been transported to another world to fight in these “games”. As they join a community to build up its power/reputation, this is just another cute show with some action and fan service. With so little to watch this season, I’m just in it for the big-breasted bunny girl and the loli maid vampire :3
As Wanko so astutely pointed out, here we have a better version of Dog Days. While much of the essence focusing on games remains the same, unlike Dog Days which was far more G rated child oriented characters and the setting feel more complimentary. Not to say this is some sort of deep and mature series, it certainly is not, simply relative to Dog Days it comes across as better thought out. Without having to resort to giving everyone animal ears to look cute and appeal to that market the plot is nothing special, nor are the characters. It is nice however to see a capable protagonist, something sorely lacking every since Shinji made his appearance. Maybe it is just how lame this season is that makes the show worth watching but as one of the few series that isn’t obnoxiously moe in the dumbest ways it at least gives me something tolerable to watch.
WATCHING – Please make shows worth watching soon.
I completely forgot to mention the protagonist, but Zen is right regarding the appeal of these hagure yuusha type characters. These characters alone can sometimes carry a show, and it goes to show we’re in need of more badass heroes. This type actually used to be more prevalent in the past, until the current herbivore types took over. If only we can see more of them, then it would make more of the shows bearable :3