Updated: 9 July 2013
So here we go: a partial preview of the anime titles that start airing this coming season. I’ve gone after those series I was most interested in watching first, with a view to covering the others down the line, and I might still do that. I’ve covered 27 of this season’s series, but there might still be a couple of others you’re interested in, so check out Neregate’s Summer 2013 Visual guide for more info.
While I have a fair number of shows on my watchlist – the ones I’m looking forward to so far are:
Rozen Maiden, Monogatari 2nd Season, Silver Spoon, Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi, The World God Only Knows and Watamote.
Synopsis: Taking place during China’s Warring States era, the story follows the fortunes of two war-orphans who dreams of proving their worth on the field of battle. This is the continuation of the first season.
There is no PV available for this series yet.
|Monogatari 2nd Season
Monogatari 2nd Season
Synopsis: Following on the events of Nisemonogatari, this series takes a deeper look at Koyomi’s relationship with each of the heroines of the series.
This season covers the events of the next 6 novels in the Monogatari series. How much this will mean in terms of character development remains to be seen, but the season starts off with a lot of new hair-styles, so I have my hopes.
|Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Synopsis: The continuation of the Rozen Maiden series – following the various dolls taking part in the Alice game in their quest to become Alice.
It’s probably fair to say that fans of the series have been waiting for another Rozen Maiden season practically since the previous season ended, and of course we get to hear the excellent ALI PROJECT for the opening credit track again.
The recent unofficial Biglobe poll put Rozen Maiden at 3rd place of the most anticipated shows, although it pulled less votes than I was expecting. But it’s on my watchlist for the season.
|Danganronpa: The Animation
Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei – The Animation
Synopsis: 15 Elite high school students are placed in a special school – and successful graduation hinges on a murder. In order to graduate, a student needs to kill one of their class-mates and get away with it. If the perpetrator is found, he or she is executed, but if not, all the others will be executed instead.
Since I haven’t played the game, I’m not certain what format the investigations will follow – also, I suspect the success of the series is going to hinge on how well they pull off the mystery aspect. Plenty of room for a lot of plot twists, but I’m really hoping they don’t make things too obvious.
ACE Promo vid
|Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
Synopsis: A spin-off of the Fate/Stay Night series, which features Illyasviel von Eisbern as the main protagonist, as she lives the life of an ordinary schoolgirl, and also has a hidden identity as a Mahou Shoujo.
This series is only related to the Fate/Stay Night series in that you will see some familiar characters – beyond that this is a complete seperate alternate reality. So I doubt we’re going to see any aspects of the Magical Wars making their way into this series – this looks to be a straightforward Magical Girl show.
That being said, magical girls need a reason for being, but I have no idea who the enemies are going to be. Still, for filling my light-hearted-fluffy-entertainment slot, this show will probably do.
Synopsis: Hachiken Yugo is keen to live independently from his family, so he enrolls at an agricultural school as far away from them as he can get. Being something of a smart kid, he believes, rather naively, that he won’t have any troubles when it comes to studies. He discovers however, that the farm life is very different from the big city life, and unlike his new friends, who are already used to it, he struggles to adapt.
It’s rather unfortunate that this is an Aniplex title, a group I’m starting to seriously dislike. I’ll pick it up if I can get it, but since even the trailer on Youtube is blocked for my region, this could be problematic.
Trailers available at this link.
|High School DxD NEW
High School DxD NEW
Synopsis: The series follows the exploits of Hyoudo Issei, a high-school boy who dies and is resurrected as a demon by upperclassman Rias – and he now serves her as a low ranking demon.
In any case, the story’s not deep, and it has a fairly standard harem setup with every breast size from small to oversized included, so if that’s your thing, then your fanservice slot for the summer season is filled. Have fun.
Synopsis: Nanase Haruka loves to swim, and during elementary school he and his friends competed in the school’s swimming club. After graduation, they all went their seperate ways. Now in High School, his one friend appears and challenges him, and he ends up being utterly defeated. Not wanting to leave things as they are, Haruka decides to create a swimming club at his current high-school, recruiting his old friends – along with a new face – to help him trump his rival.
And I’m sure KyoAni won’t be out to disappoint, so the ladies are in for a treat. Once a week anyways. They’re taking this so seriously, they’ve already done a seperate PV for each main character. And of course, there are polls all over the place trying to discover which one of these lads is deserving of the top honours.
Myself, I’ve never been a sport series fan, and I’m most definitely not a part of the target market for this series, so I don’t see myself picking this up. I have plenty to keep me busy this coming season ;)
Character PV – Nanase Haruka
Character PV – Tachibana Makoto
Character PV – Hazuki Nagisa
Character PV – Ryugazaki Rei
Character PV – Matsuoka Rin
Synopsis: Hasegawa Subaru is a former high-school basketball player, who, as a favour to his aunt, now coaches a girl’s basketball team at an elementary school.
That being said – some may find the show a bit uncomfortable to watch. I haven’t seen the first season, so I can’t say if it’s too risque or not.
|Servant x Service
Servant x Service
Synopsis: The show follows two new employees and their supervisor in the health and welfare section at a city ward office.
I’m a little confused as to whether it’s going to be a full-length episode series, or a bunch of shorts, because it seems suited to the latter format, but nothing stops the creators from going full-length. And I guess that will be the deciding factor for me – despite my enjoyment I got from the initial episodes of Aiura which aired in Spring, I ended up dropping it because of my distaste for the format.
|Hyperdimention Neptunia V
Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation
Synopsis: In the world of Gamindustri, four goddesses rule over four states, which have been at war over a long period over Shares, the source of the goddesses power. Recognising that the war was havinga detrimental effect on the prosperity of their countries, the goddesses sign a Treaty of Friendship, thus entering a new era of cooperation.
Then again, this doesn’t mean it will be bad. It could be interesting, given that the RPG this series is based on seems to be relatively popular. So I’ll give it a look – since I like cute in any case.
|Senki Zesshō Symphogear G
Senki Zesshō Symphogear G
Synopsis: The sequel to the first season of Senki Zesshou Symphogear – taking place about 3 months following the events of the first season.
The Nana Mizuki fans will no doubt be pretty happy though.
|Senyuu. Dai 2 Ki
Senyuu. Dai 2 Ki
Synopsis: The adventures of Alba and his comrades continue in this continuation of the first season, after the king, finding it too troublesome to find the exact descendant of the famous Hero who sealed Satan, appoints a bunch of hero-like people to repeat the endeavour.
|Hakkenden Season 2
Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2
Synopsis: The second season of Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun.
For the time being though, I won’t be watching this season.
|Recorder to Randoseru Mi
Recorder to Randoseru Mi
Synopsis: The third season of Recorder to Randoseru – following the misadventures of Atsushi and Atsumi.
However, despite the fact that I could actually enjoy the series, it’s in short format, and that remains pretty much the only reason I haven’t watched it yet.
|Kimi no Iru Machi
Kimi no Iru Machi
Synopsis: Eba Yuzuki moves from Tokyo to the countryside to attend high-school and moves in with Kirishima Haruto, whose father is apprenticed to Yuzuki’s father. Haruto is less than happy with the arrangement, and does his best to ignore Yuzuki. Matters are further complicated with the arrival of Kanzaki Nanami, a girl who Haruto appears to have feelings for.
I find series like this to be fairly predictable, so I could probably make a call right now on who will end up with who at the end of things – although after 23 volumes the manga is still going strong, so maybe I shouldn’t go there. There of course is the rub – 23 volumes is a lot of story, and the anime (thus far anyways) has 12 episodes scheduled. A lot is going to be left out.
I’ll probably give it a watch in the beginning, but I’m not sure if I’ll see it all the way through.
Synopsis: Staz is a vampire, and boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little appetite for human blood, instead choosing to be infatuated with Japanese culture. So when he hears that Japanese high-school student Yanagi Fuyumi has wandered into the demon realm, he jumps at the chance to meet her. Unfortunately, before he can get to her, Fuyumi is killed and becomes a wandering spirit. A little upset by the whole chain of events, Staz vows to find a way to return Fuyumi to life.
It seems like the series is going to feature a little bit of action on the side as well. I’m not entirely fond of the character designs, but I can usually put that aside if I enjoy the story enough – so I’ll be picking this series up. Let’s see where it takes me.
|Tamayura – More Aggressive
Tamayura – More Aggressive
Synopsis: The second season and sequel of Tamayura – Hitotose. Sawatari Fu is now entering her second year at her school, and is looking forward to meeting the new students at the start of the new semester.
Synopsis: Uno Uzume is a 2nd year middle school student whose life changes abrubtly when she discovers a magic card that summons a Fantasista doll – a doll that fights using special abilities granted by the card.
The negative aspect here for me is that it’s a card-battle anime, which doesn’t immediately grab my attention. I’ll keep it on ice for now, but it will depend on how much must watches I have this season.
Well, such things matter not in the anime universe – we had Sister Princess after all, and this is that, but pretty much on the opposite end of the spectrum. Although where the 12 sisters were happy to share their beloved brother between themselves, the title of this series suggests that things aren’t going to play out nearly as smoothly in this one. And of course, no blood relations to get in the way either.
The irony is, that if this series had released in any other season (one not featuring Free!, for example) it may have gotten more attention. Not that it won’t. Of course, not getting mine ;)
Synopsis: The city of Kyoto has 3 types of residents: Humans, Tengu, and Tanuki. Yasaburou is the third son of the Shimogamo Tanuki family. While living his life, taking care of old Tengu, and spending time with a psychic human girl, Yasaburou gradually approaches the truth of his father’s death.
It could be pretty interesting, so I’m probably going to take a gander at the first couple of episodes to see how it plays out.
Synopsis: Hijinks continue at the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture in this third season of Genshiken – it’s time for a new generation to step in, with Chika being the new club president, and on the hunt for new members.
While I found the original series reasonably amusing, I don’t recall it making a huge impression on me – as a matter of fact I’d be hard pressed to remember much of it – so I’m not entirely sure what my stance on this season is going to be. I’ll try it out, I guess, and take it from there. Not high on my watchlist though.
|Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi
Synopsis: The series follows a young girl named Ai, who lives in a world abandoned by God. Because of this, nobody can reproduce, and nobody can properly die. Only “gravekeepers” can provide peace to the dead, and Ai happens to be one. Ai’s life changes drastically when a man who introduces himself as “Hampuni Humbert, the ‘Man-eating Toy'” arrives in her village and slaughters everyone in the village – although he’s unable to do so properly, as he is not a gravekeeper. After helping them to find peace, Ai decides to follow the man in his travels, believing him to be her long-lost father.
I really don’t know much about the series at all, but I am actually cautiously optimistic about this one, so I’m going to pick it up from the start and hope for the best. If the background music used in the first PV features in the actual series, I think I might be in for a good ride.
|Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō
Synopsis: Harumi Kazuhito is a high-school boy obsessed with reading books. He gets killed one day during a robbery, and ends up being resurrected as a dog. As a dog, of course, he can’t read, but he also now belongs to Natsuno Kirihime – a novelist with a sadistic streak who enjoys terrorising him with a pair of scissors.
I wouldn’t expect a great deal of depth from the show, but if you don’t run into it with high expectations I’d give it a fair chance that it’ll be an enjoyable (and probable) romcom.
The World God Only Knows 3
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen
Synopsis: The third season of The World God Only Knows – covering the Goddesses arc from the manga.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
Synopsis: Kuroki Tomoko sees herself as a super popular high-school girl with a ton of experience when it comes to dating boys, but unfortunately this only applies to her skills in otome games. The reality is rather different – Tomoko is a socially inept 15-year old with all the hallmarks of a gloomy, unpopular person.
Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu
Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu
Synopsis: Yamato Yura joins the student body at Stella Women’s Academy, and gets invited to join the C³ club – a club for military survival games.
Synopsis: Kurahashi Riko is a bit of an oddball in Fujisaki Girls Academy, where girls as a rule behave very properly. Riko, on the other hand, is a bit of a tomboy, but has a lot of admirers because of this. One day, while delivering papers to the Student Council Room, she walks in on Maki Natsuo, Student Council President and paragon of virtue, practicing kissing techniques on a pillow, and quickly learns that Natsuo isn’t quite what everyone thinks she is. Riko agrees to keep Natsuo’s secret, but is reluctantly dragged into teaching Natsuo the ways of love.