Spring 2013 Overview

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The Spring Season is over and it is time to take a look back at everything we’ve seen and to decides what was excellent, what was good and what was terrible. This season we had the luck to witness many new excellent show that rages everywhere, Shingeki no Kyojin created a real phenomenon and meme sprout everywhere of the show, especially in Japan. Unfortunately, there was a wide gap in-between the shows quality, since while Shingeki no Kyojin was magnificent, Suisei no Gargantia was a huge trap of disappointment. Let’s take a look at what this season was all about !

While like many seasons there were still some really disappointing show and some who were labeled disastrous since the first airing, like Aku no Hana,  overall the season was brimming with quality things to watch and Myst and I will cover what is our Top 5 shows that finished their course in Spring 2013. Keep in mind that this does means that Shingeki no Kyojin won’t be part of the list and instead will only appear in the Summer Overview.

No. 5 Arata Kangatari

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 convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head! (MAL)

 

Arata Kangatari is just your regular mainstream shounen, but it was done really well in an interesting setting. The characters were refreshing while keeping the shounen formula and overall it was a fun watch throughout the season. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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No.4 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

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.(MAL)
 

Yes, it’s a RomCom! With a name so retardedly long that I don’t even want to remember it.  For once, we finally saw a good romantic comedy be aired as an anime. I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the show; it is so anti-romantic and yet that’s what makes this romance so awesome. Going against all genre stereotypes was a great idea, and the only bad point to this series was probably the fact that there was no end to it. I would gladly watch a second part of this show to see where the story gets to, because this show would definitely be awesome if there were. Any romantic comedy fan will like this show; it’s a good one.

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No.3 Chihayafuru Season 2

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Now in their second year of high school, Chihaya and her friends share all the fun and worries that come with welcoming underclassmen to the team as they face tough rival schools. The passion of the Mizusawa Karuta Club burns hotter than ever, but with the same refreshing, youthful mood carrying over from the first season. (MAL)
 

 

Chihayafuru was a second season, but despite the description and the genre, this show is exceptionally good no matter how you look at it. Of course if you liked the first season you will love this second one and even though it is impossible to properly say why, Chihayafuru always has a special place in our heart. I would recommend for anyone who loves anime for more than action or ecchi to watch this show as they will surely love it.

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No.2 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

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Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, hasn’t gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day, however, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Meruru (Stardust Witch Meruru), which had fallen into the entranceway of his house. To Kyousuke’s surprise, inside the case is a hidden adult video game titled Imouto to Koishiyo! (Love with Little Sister!). Kyousuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.That night, Kirino bursts into Kyousuke’s room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they “have things to talk about.” Kirino brings Kyousuke to her room and shows him an extensive collection of moe anime and lolicon bishoujo games she has been collecting in secret. (MAL

 

Why is an incest show rated so high? Heck, I’ve been wondering the same thing since back in Season 1. Nevertheless, I (Myst) have been watching this show for a long time now and still really love it. This second season was particularly eventful, and definitely had quality which deserves to be noted. Although the ending has not yet aired and will only come out later, I’d recommend this second season to just about anyone who’s seen the first. And to anyone who hasn’t seen the first season, they should watch the first season and then this second part; I’m sure any anime fan wouldn’t regret it. The show is hilarious, the anime references are everywhere, and the characters are definitely worth getting attached to. The show was given a higher budget for a reason; it’s freakin’ awesome.

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No.1 Valvrave the Liberator

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True Calendar (T.C.) 71 – A new age where 70% of the human population lives in space thanks to the development of “Dyson Sphere”, a city in space.The world is divided into two main powers: The Dorssia Military Pact Federation, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. The minor nation of JIOR has declared neutrality between these two forces and maintains its peace through economic prosperity.Within the JIOR’s Sphere, Haruto Tokishima lived an ordinary life as a high school student in the division known as “Module 77″—until the Dorssian military begins their sudden invasion!But the whole world will be shaken when Haruto meets the mysterious humanoid weapon, Valvrave!(MAL)

 

We’ve finally reached the final and best show which ended this season and that is Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator in english). The show is the newest Sunrise production and it features and intense universe full of discoveries and awesome mecha sci-fi action. Valvrave is definitively a show that will be a contender in the best shows of the year and I would recommend it to everyone as the show can please you even if you are not into mecha. The show is a mainstream hit that keeps you on your toes and stays interesting until the end, a second season is coming this Fall so watch the first season now while you still have time !

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This concludes our Winter 2013 Overview; if you have any questions or Top 5′s of your own, we invite you to post them in the comments below!

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