My Spring 2013 List [update: mar 24]

It’s been awhile since I’ve listed seasonal animes I plan to check. Mm, rather than “awhile” more like, it’s been FOREVER, really. Last time I did one was possibly in 2008 or 2009… 2 years would’ve been reasonable, but I haven’t actually made a blog post for around 4 years or so. What an accomplishment! Thanks, procrastination. *sarcasm*

To be honest, I wasn’t even planning to do one, but for some reason, something was pushing me to actually write one up. No worries, it’s really just little bits of info, like summary or casts, at most. Because that’s usually what pulls me in to check these titles – other than the art.

This post contains trailers.

EDIT: [mar 24] Main Points: Most Interesting Characters/Most Anticipated Titles added. (at the very bottom)

There’s still a high chance I’ll drop some of them though… Because looking at this list, as usual, I listed more than I could watch. If I do plan to drop, I’ll update the list.

Decided Dates:

  • Red Data Girl (pre-airing: 16th March, Saturday at 11.30 PM – Nico Nico Live)(3rd April, Wednesday – Tokyo MX)
  • Photo Kano (4th April, Thursday at 1.58 AM – TBS)
  • Uta no Prince-sama! Maji Love 2000% (4th April, Thursday at 2.05 AM – TV Aichi)
  • Karneval (4th April, Thursday at 2.43 AM – ABC)
  • Hataraku Maou-sama! (4th April, Thursday at 10 PM – Tokyo MX)
  • Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince (4th April, Thursday at 10.30 PM – Tokyo MX)
  • Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Z (6th April, Saturday at 1 AM – Tokyo MX)
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai. (7th April, Sunday at 12 AM  – Tokyo MX)
  • Suisei no Gargantia (7th April, Sunday at 10 PM – Tokyo MX)
  • Arata Kangatari (8th April, Monday at 2.05 AM – TV Tokyo)
  • Kakumeiki Valvrave (12th April, Friday at 1.35 AM – MBS)
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (13th April, Saturday at 1o.30 PM – Tokyo MX)

★✭Red Data Girl

rdg»P.A. Works
Director: Shinohara Toshiya
Cast: Hayami Saori, Uchiyama Kouki, Fukuyama Jun, Kugimiya Rie, Park Romi, Inoue Kazuhiko…
Genre: Fantasy
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.❞
(source: MAL)


☆✩Photo Kano

photokano»MADHOUSE
Director: Yokoyama Akitoshi
Cast: Shimazaki Nobunaga, Itou Kanae, Nakahara Mai, Kanemoto Hisako, Mizuhashi Kaori, Saitou Chiwa, Oogame Asuka, Sawashiro Miyuki, Ise Mariya…
Genre: Romance, School
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.❞
(source: VNDB)

(The summary was taken from the video game plot summary, so it’s not 100% if the show will go for a harem route, or not.)


★✭Karneval

karneval»Manglobe
Director: Suganuma Eiji
Cast: Shimono Hiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, Miyano Mamoru, Endou Aya, Ono Daisuke, Nakamura Yuuichi, Yusa Kouji, Hirakawa Daisuke, Kitamura Eri, Honna Youko…
Genre: Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
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.❞
(source: ANN)


★✭Hataraku Maou-sama!

maousama

»WHITE FOX
Director: Hosoda Naoto
Cast: Oosaka Ryouta, Hikasa Youko, Ono Yuuki, Touyama Nao
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shounen
Summary:

❝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. Since “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!❞
(source: MAL)


★✭Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

mpr»Dogakobo/Orange
Director: Motonaga Keitarou
Cast: Aiba Hiroki, Hikasa Youko, Asanuma Shintarou, Iguchi Yuka, Ikeda Junya
Genre: Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen
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 an academic city Grandzehle.❞
(source: MAL)


★✭Uta no✩Prince-sama♪Maji Love 2000%

utapri»A-1 Pictures
Director: Kou Yuu
Cast: Sawashiro Miyuki, Terashima Takuma, Miyano Mamoru, Suwabe Junichi, Suzumura Kenichi, Taniyama Kishou, Shimono Hiro, Toriumi Kousuke, Nakamura Yuuichi
Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shoujo
Summary:

❝Haruka’s dream is to be a composer, she originally wanted to be a composer for her idol, but after the events in the first season, what else awaits her future?❞

(Not much is known which part of the games this adaptation follows.)

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE YET


★✭Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Z

azazel»Production I.G
Director: Mizushima Tsutomu
Cast: Onosaka Masaya, Satou Rina, Namikawa Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi…
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Summary:

❝More reckless adventures continue with Azazel and Beelzebub. More detective work for the two demons to do, courtesy by Akutabe-han? Will they get each other into trouble again in this new season of Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san?❞

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE YET


☆✩Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai.

oreimo
»A-1 Pictures
Director: Kanbe Hiroyuki
Cast: Nakamura Yuuichi, Taketatsu Ayana, Hanazawa Kana, Hayami Saori, Nabatame Hitomi, Satou Satomi
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
Summary:

❝Living on the shadow of his prodigious younger sister, Kyousuke Kosaka conducts a normal lifestyle until he accidentally finds out that she hides a secret. In addition to being smart, pretty, and popular; Kirino Kosaka is also an obsessive consumer of anime and eroge (adult computer games). After being assured that Kyousuke is committed to not mock her and keep this concealed from their parents, she starts to share a bit of her world with him. Kirino faces several problems as she tries to keep the appearances and balance her exemplar school life with her hobbies. Her brother then becomes a crucial ally while dealing with all the difficulties that lie ahead. This is the second season.❞
(source: ANN)


★✭Suisei no Gargantia

gargantia»Production I.G
Director: Murata Kazuya
Cast: Ishikawa Kaito, Kanemoto Hisako, Itou Shizuka, Oohara Sayaka, Kayano Ai, Asumi Kana…
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Summary:

❝In the distant future a young boy, Ledo, is raised in space knowing nothing but war, until he comes to Earth, a planet whose surface is nearly covered in water, where he witness the sea for the first time.

On the vast seas with an aquamarine glow, people form huge fleets and live a humble, but happy life. Ledo is the only foreigner in this world with foreign customs and language, but he’s not alone.

What can he do to make a living here? What should he live for now? His days on this verdurous planet will make him face those questions.❞ (source: ANN)


★✭Arata Kangatari

arata

»Satelight/JM Animation
Director: Yasuda Kenji
Cast: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Takagaki Ayahi, Minagawa Junko, Kimura Ryouhei, Ono Yuuki, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Hoshi Souichirou…
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
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 convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head!❞
(source: MU)

TRAILER AVAILABLE ON OFFICIAL SITE


☆✩Kakumeiki Valvrave

valvrave

»SUNRISE
Director: Matsuo Kou
Cast: Oosaka Ryouta, Kimura Ryouhei, Seto Asami, Tomatsu Haruka, Ono Yuuki, Kayano Ai, Fukuen Masato, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Nakamura Yuuichi, Kotobuki Minako, Yuuki Aoi, Hatano Wataru, Horie Yui
Genre: Mecha
Summary:

The story is set in an era 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 Jiōru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto Tokishima, a high school student who lives in Jiōru, encounters the mysterious humanoid weapon “Valvrave” when the Dorushia army invades.
(source: ANN)


☆✩Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

henneko»J.C. Staff
Director: Suzuki Youhei
Cast: Kaji Yuuki, Oogura Yui, Ishihara Kaori, Tamura Yukari…
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
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.❞
(source: ANN)

Main Points

Animation Studio:

  • A-1 Pictures
  • MADHOUSE♥
  • P.A. Works
  • Production I.G
  • Satelight
  • SUNRISE
  • WHITE FOX

Animation Quality:

  1. Red Data Girl 
  2. Suisei no Gargantia 
  3. Hataraku Maou-sama 
  4. Kakumeiki Valvrave 
  5. OreImo. 
  6. Karneval 
  7. UtaPri 2000% 
  8. Azazel-san. Z 
  9. Photo Kano 
  10. Majestic Prince 
  11. Hentai Prince Stony Cat 
  12. Arata Kangatari 

Most Anticipated Titles:

  1. Suisei no Gargantia 
  2. Red Data Girl 
  3. Hataraku Maou-sama! 
  4. Majestic Prince 
  5. Kakumeiki Valvrave 

Most Interesting Characters (First Glance/Details):

  1. Ledo & Amy (Gargantia
  2. Devil King Sadao, Ashiya Shirou & Sasaki Chiho (Maou-sama!
  3. Sagara Masayuki (RDG
  4. L-Elf (Valvrave
  5. “Prince” Hitachi Izuru & Asagi Toshikazu (Majestic Prince
  6. Izumiko & Miyuki (RDG
  7. Irei Tamaki, Kugimiya Kei & Suruga Ataru (Majestic Prince
  8. Kurusu Shou & Ringo (UtaPri
  9. Niimi Haruka (Photo Kano
  10. Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko (Henneko
  11. Nai & Tsukumo (Karneval)
  12. Sakuma Rinko & Beelzebub (Azazel-san. Z
  13. Gareki (Karneval

Most Interesting Plots:

  1. Hataraku Maou-sama! 
  2. Suisei no Gargantia 
  3. Red Data Girl 
  4. Majestic Prince 
  5. Arata Kangatari

Seiyuu Biases:

  • Fukuyama Jun♥
  • Hanazawa Kana
  • Itou Kanae
  • Kimura Ryouhei
  • Nakamura Yuuichi
  • Okamoto Nobuhiko
  • Seto Asami
  • Shimono Hiro

Staff Biases:

  • Urobuchi Gen (Series Composition for Gargantia
  • Hoshino Katsura (Character Design for Valvrave
  • T.M. Revolution, Mizuki Nana, ELISA (Music Themes for Valvrave
  • Ishikawa Chiaki (Ending Theme for Majestic Prince
  • Annabel (Music Theme for RDG
  • Kuribayashi Minami, nano.RIPE (Music Themes for Maou-sama!
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