Winter 2012/2013 Anime releases

Updated: 21 December 2012

And here we go. The line-up of new anime series with which we will be starting a glorious new year of anime. This list is more or less complete (sans a couple of shorts, movies and OVAs), although there may be a few minor updates still in the works, but I doubt I’ll be adding any new series before the end of the year.

As always, I’m not paying a lot of attention to movie and OVA releases, and there are probably a few shows I won’t cover. For the original summarised (and excellent) visual guides, visit Moetron (currently utilising Neregate’s Visual Guide). Additional source links can be found right at the bottom.

This page contains quite a lot of images, videos and so forth, so it might take a bit to load – be patient. Once it’s done – click on the pic of the series of your choice. Videos, infos and all the things :)

Winter 2012/2013 Anime Releases
AKB0048 Second Stage
AKB0048 Second Stage

AKB0048 Second Stage

Synopsis: In the not too distant future, where entertainment is heavily regulated and even banned due to its power to move and inspire people, a rebel group of idols, known as AKB0048, travel around and put on guerrilla performances for the people. The series follows various girls on different planets as they strive to become members of the famous group.
Genre: Sci-fi, Music
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: Satelight
Official site
 

This is, as the name suggests, the second season of AKB0048 – and when I originally glanced at the plot it seemed to be influenced by so many different series I wasn’t quite sure where to start. Whether it’s meant to be taken seriously, or if this is all just a very convoluted effort to promote AKB48 (the actual idol group) isn’t really my place to say – but despite my scepticism, the show actually managed to attract a bit of fandom – enough to justify a second season anyways.
 
Not having watched the first season, I can’t really comment on the backstory, or whether there even is one – but it seems enjoyable enough, if only because there are many who enjoyed the soundtrack. Not on my watchlist at the moment, but I might take a look at it someday.

 
Additional details:On a recent Biglobe poll of Most anticipated series for Winter 2013, AKB0048 ranked at #7 of 32.
 



Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai S2
boku-wa-tomodachi-winter-2013

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai S2

Synopsis: Hasegawa Kodaka was a transfer student, who, due to his appearance had a hard time making friends at his new school. This was until he met Yozora, who had a similar problem, and they started a club with the intention recruiting people who had a similar problem. Now, we continue the second season where we follow the antics of The Neighbours’ Club.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11 January 2013
Studio: Media Factory
Official site
 

Every time I do one of these season previews I’m reminded of how much I have to catch up on, since Haganai is another of those series that I haven’t managed to pick up. It’s definitely on my watch-list though, if only because of the pretty visuals – and as always I’m a sucker for slice-of-life comedy. Haganai is on my watch-list, once I catch up anyways.

 

 

DC III ~Da Capo III~
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DC III ~Da Capo III~

Synopsis: The members of the News Club at Kazami High School all receive a mysterious message on their phones, telling them to do something at a promised place when the sakura start to bloom. To their surprise, the message was dated 1951. The News Club sets out to solve the mystery of the message.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 5 January 2013
Studio: Kazami Gakuen Koushiki Douga-bu
Official site
 

The synopsis above is taken from the visual novel, since nothing has been posted on the official site just yet, but I’m going to assume that it follows more or less. While Da Capo doesn’t really rank among my favourites, I’ve still remained rather fond of the franchise, and so I’m relatively keen to watch this series. I’m not sure where it fits in with the first two in terms of time, since Da Capo II took place several decades after Da Capo I, so this might take place even further into the future. So I doubt that, with the exception of Sakura, we’ll be seeing any of the original casts.
 
At this point the production studio is also an unknown, but they have already scheduled a Christmas-eve preview of the first episode – the main season however is still slated for January, with the exact date to be announced in due course.

 

 
Characters
Rukawa Sara
Morizono Rikka
Katsuragi Himeno
Yoshino Charles
Hinomoto Aoi

Senyuu
senyu-winter-2013

Senyuu

Synopsis: When a large dimensional hole appears and demons come pouring out, the King is convinced that the Demon King, sealed away by a hero 1,000 years ago, is making a return. He decrees that the descendants of the hero should take on the task of battling the threat – in response to the decree 75 people arrive. It falls to hero number 45, Alba, and his companions, to battle the demon threat.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
Release Date: 9 January 2013
Studio: Ordet
Official site
 

Senyuu is based on what was originally a web-comic by the same name, and it appears that the episodes will be in a short format – so roughly four to five minutes apiece. I may have mentioned in the past that this format isn’t a particular favourite of mine, and this already has me steering clear. The PV isn’t really encouraging me to watch either.
 
Should you be interested in finding out more about it, the original manga can be found here (in Japanese).

 


Vividred Operation
Vividred Operation

Vividred Operation

Synopsis: The story takes place in the future on a world where science has managed to resolve all problems. It follows a 14-year old girl, Akane, who lives on an artificially constructed island. Their peaceful existense is however threatened, and Akane and other girls team up to battle the threat using suits with tremendous power.
Genre: Sci-fi, Action,
Release Date: 11 January 2013
Studio: A1 Pictures
Official site
 

I really don’t have a lot of info about this particular series yet – it’s an original work, so there aren’t any games, novels or manga to base a synopsis on. A number of clues have been dropped by Dengeki G’s – we know that Strike Witches director, Takamura Kazuhiro is in charge of the project – and the initial pictures suggest there might be some fan-service, although this time the girls seem to be running around in shorts some of the time rather than just their panties. Tight shorts.
 
The overall theme of the anime seems to be friendship, and the first PV below introduces 5 seperate characters. At first glance, I like the character designs, and the animation is pretty well done – I’m quite a fan of A1 Pictures’s work in general. This goes on my watch-list – at the very least it should be entertaining.



 

 

 

Chihayafuru S2
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Chihayafuru Season 2

Synopsis: Chihayafuru follows Ayase Chihaya, a light-hearted tomboy who had no particular dreams of her own, until she discovered Karuta. She creates a club at her school, and starts playing the game competitively. This is the second season of the show.
Genre: Drama, Sports, Josei
Release Date: 12 January 2013
Studio: Madhouse Studios
Official site
 

Now first off, if you don’t know what karuta is, here’s a brief explanation on Wikipedia. If you’ve watched the first season and enjoyed it, then this prequel is probably already on your watchlist, and you don’t need my opinion to let you decide what your next move is here. I haven’t watched the first season, although some of the feedback I’ve seen has led me to believe that I might be missing out. So I’ll get to this season eventually, at some point down the line – but the first few episodes of the first season will have to do some convincing before I get that far. Similar anime series like Hikaru no Go never really kept me interested, which was why I shied away from Chihayafuru to start with.
 

OreShura
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Synopsis: Kidou Eita is a 1st year high-school student who excels at academics; but at the same time has an utter contempt for anything to do with romance due to his parents’ messy divorce. However, one day, the prettiest girl in school Natsukawa Masuzu, declares her love for him, although her confession has an ulterior motive – she is tired of being asked out all the time and is hoping that having a fake relationship with Eita will stop this. Of course, this is hardly the end of things, since he also has a childhood friend, a “former girlfriend” and a fiance vying for his attention.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: A1 Pictures
Official site
 

OreShura sounds like it’s going to be pretty standard harem fare, and seems to have all the necessary elements in place for it. In a way, the main protagonist sounds similar to Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun’s Mizutani, although that hardly qualifies as a proper comparison – for one thing Mizutani doesn’t have an entire group of boys running after her.
 
I’ve been relatively impressed with A1’s work over the last couple of seasons, so I’m expecting decent quality where animation and the like are concerned, but don’t expect too much depth where the story is concerned.

 



 

 

 



 
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Synopsis: Sasami is a hikikomori (a shut in), who gets taken care of by her brother, since she’s completely unmotivated to the point of not even wanting to change clothes or eat. Sasami experiences the outside world by following her brother through a “Brother Surveillance Tool” installed on her PC, and gets to see her brother’s romantic escapades with the three beautiful Yagami sisters.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11 January 2013
Studio: Shaft
Official site
 

I’m not entirely sure how to view this particular title. Are we going to be watching someone watching someone else, or what? I’m always up for a good romantic comedy, and on that basis Sasami-san@Ganbaranai certainly qualifies; I just don’t have any particular clarity on the format. Certainly, if we have an outside perspective we can probably expect a lot of cynical commentary from Sasami’s side, so there’s hope that the dialogue will be witty.
 
I’m going to tentatively dip my toes into this series and check out the first couple of episodes. If it hooks me, I’ll keep watching.

 



 

 


Minami-ke Tadaima
Minami-ke Tadaima

Minami-ke Tadaima

Synopsis: Minami-ke follows the antics of the three Minami sisters as they go about their days at school and at home.
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-life
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: Feel
Official site
 

I’m an unashamed fan of the Minami-ke franchise – since the three sisters are in different levels of school – elementary, middle and high – you get to experience those three seperate settings with their seperate class-groups, and then the invariable mix-ups at the Minami home. If you’re looking for an easy going comedy, then Minami-ke is pretty much right up your street. Story? Doesn’t really have one, because it doesn’t need one.
 
There’s been some suggestion that the character designs might change slightly, in which case I’m hoping for something closer to the original designs from the first season, since the second and third season designs didn’t really sit well with me. I’ll have to wait for an official PV to be sure, but since Feel was also in charge of the DVD OVA that was released a short while ago, this PV might provide you with a fair idea of what to expect.



Ai Mai Mii
Ai Mai Mi

Ai Mai Mii (I, My, Me)

Synopsis: A slice-of-life comedy that follows the lives of four girls in high-school.
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-life
Release Date: 3 January 2013
Studio: Seven
Official site
 

Anybody remember an anime from way-back-when called I, My, Me! Strawberry Egg? Well, this has nothing to do with that. Just thought I should put that out there.
 
Ai Mai Mi is based on a 4-panel manga slice-of-life comedy, and that’s pretty much all I really have to say about it. It’s an anime short, according to a few sites a total of three minutes in length. As such, even though it’s a comedy it doesn’t grab my interest, and so I probably won’t be watching it. At the very least the character designs seem to have been cleaned up a lot – that is if I go by the official site.

 


 
Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura

Synopsis:There was a time when there were ninja serving the powerful, hired for intelligence missions, destruction, or assassination. While the times have changed, the need for ninja has not vanished. In a particular school, there are girls who are secretly in training to become ninja. Follow ninjas-in-training, Asuka, Katsuragi, Hibari, Ikaruga, and Yagyuu as they pursue the path of the ninja!
Genre: Comedy, Action, Ecchi
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: Artland
Official site
 

Every season needs at least a couple of over the top fan-service shows, and it looks like Senran Kagura is aiming to fill that gap quite nicely. It’s based on an action game series by AQL, and as such I’m not expecting the plot to include much more than fights that feature a lot of bouncing boobs and clothes destruction. In fact, the PVs below pretty much indicate as much.
 
The official site has been updated with the details of most of the characters (two seem to be a secret for now – well played ninjas-in-training) – and if you keep going below the videos, you can see some bonus swimsuit material. Never say I don’t do anything nice for you guys.
 
As for me watching – I can’t say this particular series is going to be very high on my list, but it will probably be watched at some point or another … for the … errr … plot … if nothing else ;)

 



 

 
Bonus: Swimsuit edition
 
Senran Kagura Swimsuit characters
 
Senran Kagura Swimsuit Characters

 
Cuticle Detective Inaba
Cuticle Tantei Inaba

Cuticle Tantei Inaba

Synopsis: Private Detective Hiroshi Inaba is an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people’s hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or colour of hair he eats. Formerly employed by the police and partnered with an officer, he now runs his own private detective agency.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Release Date: 4 January 2013
Studio: ZEXCS
Official site
 

Earlier this year we had a series in which the entire romantic relationship revolved around, of all things, drool. So having a PI with a taste for hair is far from the wierdest thing I’ve been asked to accept. And his arch-nemesis is a goat with a taste for money (this happens in real life as well, so why not). And last, but not least, it has a trap, which seems to be becoming a staple of anime these days.
 
While it looks to contain a fair bit of comedy, and actually looks like it might be an interesting watch, I’m going to hold back on this one for the time being, and perhaps check it out a little further down the line.

 


 
Tamako Market
Tamako Market

Tamako Market

Synopsis: Tamako is a first-year high school student who loves mochi (rice cakes) and her family runs a mochi-store. Her childhood friend is Mochikura, and his family runs a rival mochi-store. While Tamako and Mochikura get along quite well, their fathers are exactly the opposite. Follow Tamako as she balances high-school life, club activities, and experiments in mocha development.
Genre: Slice-of-life, Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 10 January 2013
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Official site
 

In the previous season, KyoAni decided to do uber-moe and gave us Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai (Chuu2Koi), which, in all honesty, I’m enjoying tremendously. Their new project for Winter 2013, is this one, and it’s an original work – not based on novel, game or manga. So – no idea where this story is going to go, but I’m looking forward to finding that out.
 
They’ve gathered some of the staffers from K-On! for this project, most notably the director, Yamada Naoko, and the character designer, Horiguchi Yukiko, so be prepared to see some similarities in design at the very least. I’d also expect an atmosphere quite similar to what we saw in K-on!, although with a lack of music, and a focus on romance. Tamako Market is high on my watch-list for the coming season.

 



 

 

 



 
Kotoura-san
Kotoura-san

Kotoura-san

Synopsis: Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old high-school student with the ability to read people’s minds; this ability has caused a lot of trouble for her and had resulted in her parents’ divorce. She now transfers into a new school, and does her best to avoid the rest of her classmates.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11 January 2013 (12 Episodes)
Studio: AIC Classic
Official site
 

This looks like it will be a fairly straightforward romantic comedy – with the PV at the very least suggesting that Haruka will manage to make some friends despite her initial decision to stay away from people.
 
Feel good series? Probably, but every season can do with a couple, and while I’m not expecting a lot from this series I at least expect it to be a relaxing watch.

 


 
Mondaiji-tachi
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

Synopsis: Sakamaki Izayoi is a boy with incredible psychic powers who finds himself bored with the world. One day, an envelope arrives with his name on it, and when he opens it he finds himself transported to an alternate world. It turns out that two others have been transported as well, and they have similar abilities. They have been summoned by Kurousagi (Black Rabbit) in order to help her community overthrow an evil overlord.
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 12 January 2013
Studio: Diomedea
Official site
 

This particular series is a serious contender for the longest title of the year – someone needs to teach light-novel authors how to truncate their titles a little. In other news, pink is the new black.
 
Being transported into an alternate world is another big staple of the industry lately – Ixion Saga, Oda Nobuna, Sengoku Collection, Dog Days and a host of others spring to mind off the bat – and this particular series risks becoming something of a harem affair – given that the one main protagonist is male, and the rest are almost exclusively female. We already have a tsundere-type in the group. So we’ll see. Then again, neither of these is really a bad situation, so it’s not going to chase me away from watching the series.

 

 
Characters

From left to right: Jin, Kurousagi, Izayoi, You and Asuka



 
Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”
Boku no Imouto wa "Osaka Okan"

Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”

Synopsis: Kyousuke has been seperated from his little sister, Namika, for about a decade and he’s looking forward to reuniting and living together again. However, things have changed a bit, and his sister is nothing like he remembers.
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 21 December 2012 (12 Episodes)
Studio: Charaction
Official site
 

The series is, first and foremost, going to be broadcast in short format – so again, about five minutes per episode. So … there’s that.
 
On the other hand, it is based on a series of books known as Osaka Rules, and Osaka Momma Rules, that serve as a tongue-in-cheek guide to dealing with people from Osaka, particularly the stereotypical Osakan housewives (according to ANN). This facet actually interests me a bit, since Osaka as a city has a personality of its own that almost sets it apart from the rest of Japan.
 
The title, roughly translated, means, My Little Sister is an “Osaka Momma” – so this might be worth a look, despite my general disdain for the format.


 
Amnesia
Amnesia

Amnesia

Synopsis: On the 1st of August, the protagonist wakes up in a cafe, with no memories and no idea of how she got there. A boy appears in front of her and introduces himself as Orion, a fairy/spririt tasked with helping her rediscover her memories. After receiving a call from a number she doesn’t recognise, and meeting someone who claims to be her boyfriend. Through meeting people who know her, she slowly start piecing her memories back together.
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 7 January 2013
Studio: Brains Base
Official site
 

This one sounds fairly deep. We don’t have a name for the main character, she’s listed on the official site as 主人公 (Heroine), and so I would assume one of the first things we’ll learn once the series starts is her actual name.
 
The series is based on a romance game for girls, so it’s not targeted to a male audience, but I might actually sit down and watch this because it sounds fairly intriguing. That being said, I’ve found in the past that shoujo romances tend to have a very different pacing from the more generic romantic comedies, so I might not get past the first couple of episodes.

 



Character preview
Heroine - Amnesia


 
Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited
Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke

Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited – Hyoubu Kyousuke

Synopsis: This spin-off of the original Zettai Karen Children follows Hyoubu Kyousuke, who was the main protagonist in the original series.
Genre: Supernatural
Release Date: 7 January 2013
Studio: Manglobe
Official site
 

As mentioned in the synopsis, this series is a spin-off of the original Zettai Karen Children, which featured a couple of girls with psychic abilities, and the main character of this particular series happens to be the bloke they spent much of their time fighting.
 
I’m not sure if this series is going to take place within the same time-frame as the original series, in effect representing the opposite side of the coin, as it were. More likely perhaps, it could be a prequel type that follows his development into the leader of PANDRA.
 
If you watched the first series (and liked it) you may be interested in giving this particular series a look.

 





 
Beast Saga
Beast Saga

Beast Saga

Synopsis: Beast Saga takes place on a distant planet in our galaxy called Beast where three beast tribes, the Sea Tribe, the Land Tribe, and the Sky Tribe, fight for their honor. Each of the tribes protect an infinite elemental power source called Godlot. (ANN)
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Release Date: 13 January 2013
Studio: SynergySP
Official site
 

This series looks like it’s going to fly in completely under the radar. And not in the way that it’s going to pop up as a hidden gem later on – I’m just catching zero excitement about this particular series.
 
The official site hasn’t listed characters as yet, and we still don’t have a PV for this either, but the image on the site gives me nasty visions of overpowered fights that destroys pretty much everything in the vicinity. I could be wrong. But … Dragonball Z with animals, and probably aimed at a younger audience.
 
It’s not tickling my fancy at all, so I’ll be steering clear.

 
Additional details: On a recent Biglobe Poll of the Most Anticipated Winter 2013 series, Beast Saga ranked at #31 out of 32


 
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Synopsis: Manjiro is a man living a double life – by day he is a helper for people in Kyoto, and by night he is Roman, a phantom thief who takes back the people’s belongings from those who are in power. And now, he is getting involved in a nation-wide conspiracy.
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Release Date: 8 January 2013
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Official site
 

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman is based on, of all things, a pachinko game, so there’s no telling where this particular story is going to go. It is set in the late 19th Century (1800’s), so fans of all things Meiji-period related may find this particular series worth a look. On the recent Biglobe poll, this series ranked at #27 of 32, so it doesn’t seem to be generating a lot of excitement.
 
For myself, I figure it’s worth at least giving it a look myself.

 


 
Love Live! School Idol Project
Love Live! School Idol Project

Love Live! School Idol Project

Synopsis: With their school at risk of being closed due to streamlining (closure due to low attendance rates), 9 girls at the school decide to become an idol group in order to save their school and boost attendance.
Genre: Music
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: Sunrise
Official site
 

I’m sure a lot of people are going to be drawing parallels between this particular series and The Idolm@ster – which isn’t totally unfair, but I’m given to believe that they have enough differences between them to let them stand apart. The very least being the motivation behind their becoming idols.
 
Love Live! has its origin in Denkeki G’s Magazine – which has regular reader participation games where the readers themselves can directly influence the outcome of the story, and the popularity of the various idol-characters. The franchise has produced various music videos already, and the most popular idol at the time usually gets center-stage in whichever music video follows that particular competition (I’ll link a couple below for reference), and a manga series also started serialisation at the beginning of 2012.
 
Biglobe’s poll of most anticipated series for Winter 2013 put Love Live! at #15 of 32. For myself, I’ll probably end up watching this – it might be an opportunity to get hold of some new music ;)

 



 
Character intros

 
Music videos

 

 

More videos are available on the official site.

 
Ishida to Asakura
Ishida to Asakura

Ishida to Asakura

Synopsis: Gag comedy which follows the lives of two high-school boys, Ishida and Asakura.
Genre: Comedy, School
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: TBA
Official site
 

Since this is a gag comedy, it’s probably fairly safe to say there’s no plot involved, so I’ve got no comment on that side – but while I tend to watch pretty much anything, I still get fussy about art-styles and character designs, and lacking PVs I only have that one picture to go on, and it doesn’t tempt me to watch this at all.
 
I’m vaguely wondering if we’re going to be seeing echoes of Cromartie High School in here (minus the whole delinquency thing), but other than that, I really don’t know much about this particular series. The official site, such as it is, is a one-pager, and apart from a Twitter feed doesn’t offer much.
 
Biglobe’s poll ranked this series at #29 out of 32, with it scoring only 46 out of the total 4,500 votes cast. Clearly, it’s not going to be making any waves.

 


 
Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun
Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Synopsis: 5 years ago, the village of Ootsuka was struck by a plague, which wiped out the entire population, with the exception of three youngsters. They now live in isolation, but Shino, one of the survivors, controls Murasame, the blade of life. The Imperial Church decides they would like the blade for themselves …
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Release Date: 6 January 2013
Studio: Studio DEEN
Official site
 

Hakkenden looks like a fairly interesting series right off the bat – blending elements of fantasy and action with a reasonably probable plot-line. It’s based on a manga series that ran from 2005 to 2009 and consisted of 13 volumes, so unless the manga finished without any kind of resolution, we have a fully developed story for the studio to base the series on, and which with any luck, they’ll stick to.
 
Since I really don’t know much about the series I can’t say that I’ll certainly be watching the entire series, but the premise seems interesting enough that I’ll definitely be watching the first couple of episodes – I’ll take my queue from my first impressions.
 
With 76 votes, Hakkenden ranked at #24 of 32 on the recent Biglobe poll of most anticipated series for the season.

 





 
Yama no Susume
Yama no Susume

Yama no Susume

Synopsis: The story follows two childhood friends, who once made a promise to see the sunrise from the top of a particular mountain. The problem is, that the one girl, Aoi, has for some reason become agoraphobic, and it is up to Hinata to encourage her to climb the mountain with her.
Genre: Slice-of-life
Release Date: 3 January 2013
Studio: 8bit
Official site
 

It must be quite the mountain if they feel the need to devote an entire series to it. Although the scope of the synopsis also leaves a lot to be desired.
 
Yama no Susume is another of the many shorts that are seeing the light this season, so between this format and the story premise I really have no idea where this series is going. And as such I can’t make a call on whether I’ll be watching it or not, but I’m not leaning in that direction right now.


Mangirl!
Mangirl

Mangirl!

Synopsis: The story follows four girls who decide to launch their own manga magazine, despite the fact that none of them have any experience.
Genre: Slice-of-life, Comedy
Release Date: 3 January 2013
Studio: Dogakobo
Official site
 

Mangirl! – the title is a little on the misleading side – and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought of something else entirely when I initially saw the title.
 
Nevertheless, it’s innocent enough, and joins the legion of anime shorts that start airing in the Winter season. While it may serve as a form of light (and extremely short) entertainment, I probably won’t be picking it up.


 
Hetalia: The Beautiful World
Hetalia: The Beautiful World

Hetalia: The Beautiful World

Synopsis: Fifth season of Hetalia.
Genre: Comedy, Parody, History
Release Date: 25 January 2013
Studio: Studio DEEN
Official site
 

Ah – Hetalia. The series that takes a bunch of nations and turns them into a group of good looking young men, and puts a rather comedic spin on their interactions of the past. It pokes a bit of fun at each of the countries, especially those general attitudes and personalities one would expect of a given nation – with some rather hilarious misunderstandings and developments.
 
I’ve never really picked up the series myself, but it does have a rather large following, most of whom will no doubt be quite happy to see the series continued.


 
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Synopsis: In a world where Humans and Demons are locked in a perpetual war, a human hero goes to the Demon Queen’s castle in order to slay her. However, instead of resisting, she asks the hero to work with her to bring peace to both sides of the conflict. Convinced by her words, the Hero agrees to help.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 5 January 2013
Studio: Arms
Official site
 

Looking at the character designs, I’m not entirely sure that the queen’s words were the only thing that convinced the hero to team up with her, but who am I to say? :p (The PV kind of confirms my suspicions though).
 
There appears to be a little bit of a backstory with regards to the entire war, so the potential for a plot of sorts is there; in addition, some staffers from Spice & Wolf appear to be on the team, most notably the Director, Takahashi Takeo and series script supervisor Arakawa Naruhisa. I’m definitely getting a bit of the vibe off the PV as well. And do tell me if the Demon Queen doesn’t sound hauntingly familiar as well.
 
It might be a little soon to jump to conclusions, but this series makes it onto my preliminary watchlist.

 


 

Info sources:
Moetron Winter 2013 Visual Guide and Schedule
Neregate’s Winter 2013 Anime Chart
myAnimelist.net
AniDB.net
AnimeNewsNetwork
Wikipedia

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I'm a dedicated anime junkie, avid gamer and terminally excited Vocaloid fan. I'm permanently trying to find that point at which a human being can officially overdose on anime - haven't gotten there yet.

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