Because I like to bite off of people’s style, I’ve been inspired enough to finally make a blog post again! As usual winter’s outlook ain’t looking too bright. However me being the eclectic man that I am, I always find something to sink my teeth into. Here’s the preview guide to see what you might like.
5. Tamako Market
An anime series about making rice cakes… I’m not too sure about this one, but it looks very cute with Kyoto Animation’s ever present finesse. I don’t have much else to say really as there isn’t much information to go off of. It could either be really monotonous like many other titles of this genre or genuinely endearing. Let’s just hope for the latter. Since Tamako Market is from the K-On team, I shall expect some premium moé of course! Plus this is KyoAni’s first purely original anime since Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (aka Munto) so I’m interested in seeing what this title has to offer.
4. Love Live! School Idol Project
Ever since I’ve watched Macross Frontier I’ve been on an idol craze. Fluffy pop songs sung by beautiful maidens in funky costumes instantly cheers me up. Last year’s premiere idol title ‘The iDOLM@STER’ was an excellent piece of work that made my love for the sub-genre grown even more. Sadly I missed AKB0048 (trying to fix that) and Symphogear really sucked, so my idol outlook has waned a little bit. Now here comes Love Live to the rescue! Displaying pretty character designs, slick animation, as well as sugary sweet pop songs there is no way that I wont be entertained. Apparently, this will also be the “ultimate user participation project” where viewers will be able to vote on the future of our idols. I have no idea how this is going to work, but this is a very neat idea. Who would have thought “The X-Factor: Otaku Edition” would come about!?! Let the best idol win!
Another one where I’m just confused at what to think about it. Here we have three gorgeous sisters, one of them is a hikikomori (our lead Sasami) and apparently they all have magical god-like powers. In addition to having an older brother with a slave complex who tends to Sasami’s every need and due to Sasami’s hikikomori status she uses her older brother to view the outside world via a “Brother Surveillance Tool”. Talk about making something that could have easily been extremely generic into something delightfully weird. I’ve gotta say, I’m honestly not that excited for this one as it can go either way quite frankly, but I think SHAFT’s trademark quirkiness will persevere. (Hopefully…) I can’t deny potential comedic gold.
2. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
I’m going to let the synopsis do all of the talking for me…
The story centers on the characters Maou (Demon Queen) and Yūsha (Hero) who live in a world where humans and demons are at war. Yuusha confronts Maou about the destructive war that the demons have imposed on humans. However, Maou tells him that the war has created a reason for humans to work together and improved human society overall. She convinces him that humans would fall into a bloody civil war without their battles against the demons. To prevent such a conflict, Yūsha decides to join forces with Maou.
Seriously, the plot is really cool and unique. I just can’t believe that this was originally conceived on 2chan! I really don’t believe anything can go wrong here. A slight deconstruction of the fantasy genre is always welcome. Though one thing bugs me, this series will be produced by ARMS. The guys responsible for Queen’s Blade, Ikkitousen, and Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero… That should tell you what this studio is all about. (They even dabbled into full on hentai!) However when we look at the recent trend of “fanservice” studio’s producing good content, I believe ARMS will actually surprise us this time. Xebec did with Rinne no Lagrange and let’s not forget Hoods Entertainment’s Mysterious Girlfriend X. So that leads me to be cautiously optimistic. Ms. Demon Queen does have quite a nice rack on her if I do say so myself… Just please don’t exploit this for constant oppai jokes! Other than that I see a fantastic adventure ready unravel upon us.
1. Vividred Operation
I remember around roughly 6 months ago when I made this blog post… And if that’s not any indication of how excited I am for this anime then I don’t know what is! Let’s see here for a quick reference of what this anime will please me with:
- Mahou Shoujo elements. Check.
- Cute character designs by the Kazuhiro Takamura. Double-Check.
- Animation by A-1 Pictures. (My favorite studio!) Triple-Check.
- Mecha/Sci-fi theme. Quadruple-Check!
- Not based on any preexisting material. Quintuple-Check!?!
Everything to fuel my Otaku needs is here baby! There is no way this anime can possibly fail me. Even if the writing may not be up to par, it’ll still supply soup to my soul. Here’s some food for thought, there have been several promotional images filling us in on research the production committee has put into this work. That alone should tell you how much effort is being put into this thing. Is it a long stretch to call this a runaway hit? Maybe, don’t want to get myself too hyped up for a possible failure but I can’t help it! I’m excite!
Special Mention: Nekomonogatari (Kuro)
Well duh! Who the hell isn’t ecstatic to see this one!?! Tsubasa-chan, oh how I’ve missed you so… *Drools*
I’ll also continue my two favorites Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and From the New World. I may even check out some of the “fun-sized” anime of next season. Can’t really loose with these since I’m literally only wasting 15 minutes of my time each week.
- Senyuu. – Yamakan in 5 minute increments shouldn’t be bad. Gag fantasy series are somehow always funny to me.
- Mangirl! – Moé girls making manga. I don’t see why not. At least they’re being productive.
- Yama no Susume – Possible yuri content with tremendous amount of scenery porn with cuteness.
And that’s pretty much my anime forecast for Winter 2013. I hope everyone will have a Happy New Year! I’ll try to make more posts this time around. 😉