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What’s Worth Watching? Spring 2013 Anime Impressions

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Posted on May 13, 2013 AT 06:30pm

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MAN! I have watched a ton of anime this season, all to save you time in going through all of these shows on your own. Remember, if you still want to watch those bad shows after you’ve been warned, it’s at your own peril!

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet

It feels good to have a mecha show that plays things a little differently. Yes, we have a young male hero piloting a mech. The situation our mecha hero is involved in, however, isn’t about wars between governments or high school life. The story involves Ledo, a soldier who is separated from his people and tossed onto a planet that shouldn’t really exist.

The most unique element of Gargantia is that our silver-haired hero doesn’t speak the same language as the people he allies himself with, and will have to rely on his mech’s AI to translate for him. There are so many elements of Gargantia that have been thoughtfully plotted that make it worth watching this season.

Worth Watching? YES!

Available on Crunchyroll

Red Data Girl

When I read a description of Red Data Girl for the first time, I was so confused. If you’ve read about the premise, you might have been perplexed by it, too. I don’t even remember what I read about it, but as soon as I watched the show, much of the confusion melted away, and I knew that I was looking at a magnificently composed anime. Our protagonist and her unique malady is interesting, the people around her are interesting, and the show is GORGEOUS! No other show even touches Red Data Girl when it comes to beauty and attention to detail. For background images alone, I would watch this show.

Worth Watching? YES!

Available on Funimation, Hulu, The Anime Network

Sparrow’s Hotel

Ugh. What the hell is this? In the previous season, I struggled to find good shows, and the quickie show Senyu was one of those. Now we’re back to more crap. I can’t believe that anyone would like this show. It’s ugly, but I can forgive poor animation and poor quality if the show is funny or interesting. No, this show is not worth a damn. I think that putting out a 3 minute show is extremely difficult, because you have to serve your audience in such a short space. Sparrow’s Hotel is just babbling, and the creators hope you get what they’re going for. Don’t. Bother.

Worth Watching? NO!

Available on Crunchyroll

Mushibugyo

Sooooo, boobs. This show’s not all about breasts, or maybe it is, since I’ve only watched one episode. Mushibugyo is not just some clever Japanese wordplay (mushi=bug) but also a show about a young man who wants to live up to the legacy of his father– by killing gigantic bugs and such. Then breasts come in, and spiders who shoot their “web” all over women, conveniently. I am a man of forgiveness. I can overlook the ickiness of Mushibugyo‘s female troubles, but even without cleavage and helpless, improperly dressed girls in it, the show’s not that good. On the positive tip, it does have a strong visual style.

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

Available on Crunchyroll

Ano Natsu de Matteru

I knew nothing about this show, So  as the first episode went on, I felt less and less interested. It’s not just because this has the makings of a harem show, but also because the writing is unsatisfactory, too. While this is tired fan service nonsense waiting to happen, I still would like to see how the sci-fi angle works itself out in this story, and what happened to this boy when he was on that bridge.

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

Available on Crunchyroll

Date A Live

Look at that fucking title. A masterwork in Japanese- English construction. So, what’s this show about? It’s weird, because it’s about a word where “spatial quakes” tear apart the earth, and kill as many as hundreds of thousands of people at a time. So is it a sci-fi show. It’s something of a sci-fi show, but it’s also a comedy, and then it also seems to be a romance? From just watching one episode, I don’t know exactly how the lead male character is supposed to help the earth with a dating game on his cell phone, but that’s the premise for this show.

When I heard “big brother” nearly a dozen times in the first 5 minutes of Date A Live, I wanted to slice my own ears off. Now that I’ve watched the entire episode, my opinion has shifted a bit. This is not a great show, but it is not the show you think it is. I’m sure it will be filthy with fanservice and cheap jokes, but at least it’s slightly smarter than the average anime comedy.

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

Available on  Funimation, Hulu

 

Attack on Titan

Anime fans already know that the opening theme for Attack on Titan is awesome, and it gets you pumped. Even without the pulse-pounding opening song, Attack on Titan has me in its grasp. First you have the Titans, these massive humanoids who terrorize normal sized humans– and devour them. To combat the Titans, the humans have come up with “3 dimensional harnesses” which propel them through the air at rapid speeds. It’s the tale of a desperate struggle, and the mysteries surrounding these naked monsters who have cornered humanity. What are the Titans about? Where are they coming from? Are they being produced in some lab? Are the humans actually responsible for them? JUST WATCH THIS SHOW!

Worth Watching? YES!

 Available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu

My Romantic Comedy SNAFU!

It’s time we had some school kids who aren’t just loveable cardboard cutouts. SNAFU! (why it’s called that, I dunno) wastes no time showing us that this dude is up his own ass, and he needs to have his world changed by someone who challenges his immature philosophy. SNAFU! could turn out to be a funny watch, but these three students aren’t breaking through the anime rom-com ceiling with fresh personalities.

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

 Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

 

Majestic Prince

I wasn’t going to give this my full approval, but I watched another episode after the pilot, then I felt better about it. Majestic Prince is the second mecha show I’m mentioning, but this time it’s sort of a comedy. So a group of mecha pilots have been selected to protect the world from alien assault. In combat, they’re great. As people, they’re weirdos and screw-ups. So it’s goofy comedy (and a mechanic with massive breasts), but also a space mecha show with excellently CG rendered battles.

Worth Watching? YES!

Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

 

Muromi San

This show is super dumb. This is just a silly, dumb show and if you want to watch it, at least it’s one of those quickie episode series. I hope you love aquatic humor!

Worth Watching? NO!

Available on Crunchyroll

Arata the Legend

This show is kinda ugly. I can deal with it. Arata involves cross dressing, inter-dimensional, body swapping, and magical swords. OK, that’s quite a jumbled bag of random elements. Who else is offering such a story?

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

Available on Crunchyroll

 

YuyuShiki

If you want to make a comedy anime, your best bet is to make it about goofy high school girls getting into stupid situations. It works for my tastes, at least. The problem Yuyushiki has is that much funnier anime about silly girls exists, so I have less reason to want to watch this show.

Worth Watching? On the Fence.

Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

 

The Devil is a Part-timer (Satan is a Part-timer)

You know what’s strange? I don’t know why, but I feel weird when it looks like a lot of time was put into a comedy anime, I feel like it’s undeserving of it. Just look at something like Haruhi. That show doesn’t need to look that good! OK, just a weird thing in my head. OK, let’s talk about this show! Satan is a Part-timer is my favorite comedy this season. It easily trounces anything else. It’s not just the “fish out of water” types of jokes that are funny. The show simply has a good sense of humor, and isn’t just taking every punchline from anime’s stock joke book.

Worth Watching? YES!

Available on  Funimation, Hulu

 

Zettai Boei Leviatan

So many shows are saved by giving them enough of a chance to show you what it’s about. Leviatan is about 3 magical girls (all with mythological names) who are brought together by a fairy to save their world. It’s cute and funny, and so far I am under the impression that it may actually be for the audience it looks to be for, rather than being a show about young kids, but full of stuff for hormonal boys.BTW, the fairy’s name is Syrup. Yeah.

Worth Watching? YES!

Available on Crunchyroll

 

Photo Kano

Have you noticed that the “puff face” has become really popular in anime as of late? Hate it. So anyway, Photo Kano. What is Photo Kano about? It’s about taking pictures of pretty girls. That’s basically it! OK, maybe it’s about a little more than that, but the plot is not complex. Photo Kano isn’t terribly offensive, or really dull. I just don’t want anything to do with it, and I think we have enough anime of this type that this lazy cut and paste of its source game that no attention should be given it.  “It’s art because it’s borderline pornography.” Says you, Photo Kano.

Worth Watching? NO!

 Available on Crunchyroll,  The Anime Network

 

The Severing Crime Edge

 

I like an anime that goes against the grain, puts some real work into crafting a new gimmick, a new world where the rules are tweaked. Too bad that Severing Crime Edge is a creepy, weird hair fetish show on top of having a rather intriguing setup. I mean super creepy! I couldn’t even find the power to  take a look at episode 2.

Worth Watching? NO!

Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

 

Karneval

Like Severing Crime Edge, Karneval crafts it own little world. What Karneval does right is a) it’s less creepy (even though some woman is trying to have her way with an innocent kid) and b) its world revolves around a colorful circus theme. In fact, the name of the main organization in the game is called Circus.  I’m hesitant in saying that this is an absolute must-watch because I get an ill feeling that this show might not know where its going. It could easy just start to meander and lose me as a viewer.

Worth Watching?  On the Fence.

Available on Funimation, Hulu

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation

I am a big fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series of role playing games. Under the Shin Megami Tensei umbrella you have Persona, Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner, on and on. Lots of games in this series is my point. So after having a good time with the Persona 4 anime adaptation, I was ready and happy for more SMT anime. Devil Survivor 2: The Animation is not Persona 4: The Animation. I think that Devil Survivor 2 is a step up from P4A when it comes making its action exciting, but the Persona games have more interesting characters. Since I have a history with SMT, and because it’s holding my interest. I am going to stick with it for at least half the season.

Worth Watching?  On the Fence.

 Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

Flowers of Evil

Flowers of Evil is my favorite anime this season. I had zero knowledge of this anime before I watched it, and continued to stay in the dark about the manga, or any comments made about it. OK, so the “controversy” of its rotoscoping technique was hard to avoid, but I avoided everything else about Aku no Hana. Flowers of Evil is about a middle school boy who is very bookish, and is digging Baudelaire’s poetry collection, Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil). Something’s not right about this boy, though, and his impulses have a snowball effect that he could never have expected.

If you are looking for something more than romances, silly gag, or tired shounen shows, then you need to upgrade to Flowers of evil. This may be about middle school kids, but this is big kids stuff!

Worth Watching? Yes!

 Available on Crunchyroll, The Anime Network

 

So these are all the new anime bowing this season. As always, I hope you enjoy this anime season, and you deftly avoid all the crap.

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