Winter Anime Catalogue 2013


Genre(s): Action, Ecchi
Original Creator: Marvelous AQL (game)
Producers: Artland
AIR DATE: Jan 6, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Takashi Watanabe
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Action and Ecchi series? This sounds freaking perfect for the ever popular MetaFap posts! I just wonder if it will be censored all to hell or will it manage to slip past sunbeam-chan and shadow-kun forever? I don’t really know much about this series other than it being a straight up fan-service series with some possible fighting thanks to the trailer.

Studio wise I know of Artland because they produced Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao! That was a fun series to watch, but there seems to be a lot of different producers flooding that series. Voice acting is quite surprising because we have Asami Imai, Yu Kobayashi, Yuka Iguchi, Ai Kayano and Eri Kitamura working on this oddball ecchi series…aside from the actors I don’t really expect to be blown away by anything new…

possibly blogging // Foshizzel [MetaFap]



Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical
Original Concept: Pachinko game
Producers: TMS Entertainment
AIR DATE: Jan 7, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Ogura, Hirofumi
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Ahhh, where to begin? First of all, it’s set in the past, meaning it’s another one of those “period piece” anime. I find that these tend to go one of two ways for me: it can be used well to enhance the story and positively boost everything, or it can be a hinderance just thrown in for cheap thrills to shake things up from the typical everyday school-life setting. It’s always a bit of a gamble, and I always think of the abundance of samurai girl shows that are pumped out one after the other. It usually depends on the director and the source material. We’ve got Oguro Hirofumi (directed Kuroshitsuji II and Area no Kishi) in charge, so he seems to be an alright guy. The guy behind designing the famous Lupin III characters is also on board here, but I’m not entirely a fan of his style. It almost sounds like a Lupin copycat since it’s about a guy screwing over rich people, and after watching the Fujiko anime I’m a little wary of having to go through those kinds of hi-jinks again. All in all, I’d only really give this a watch if someone else assures me it is good after watching an episode or two.

possibly blogging // Overcooled



Genre(s): Supernatural
Original Creator: Takashi Shiina (manga)
Producers: Manglobe
AIR DATE: Jan 7, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Shishō Igarashi
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Humans with special abilities is nothing new because we are still going through the motions of Shin Sekai Yori continuing on from Fall and previous K, Towa no Quon, Kurenai and Darker than Black are just to name a few. This is a spinoff of Zettai Karen Children story where the antagonist takes the center-stage of protagonist. Now, my ears really did perk up with this knowledge of an anti-hero, who is not really loved by all. He’s actually the mastermind behind a criminal esper agency called PANDRA. According to sources, his esper skills are unparalleled, at least compared to the good guys but as he’ll be the main protagonist I don’t think we’ll be seeing the original Zettai Karen Children much except for references and cameo appearance.

I haven’t watched the original series but looking at Manglobe producing this my interest is piqued (I loved their recent House of Five Leaves and Kaminomi; not to mention who can forget Samurai Champloo?). Though, Igarashi having not much directorial experience before, this can fall on its face but let’s see how things go because the seiyuu cast is amazing with Yusa Koji reprising his role as Kyousuke (if you know your seiyuu, you know Yaccha can has an amazing variation and he does evil brilliantly), with Junichi Suwabe (GARcher from FSN, Fukuda from Bakuman, Natsumura from Zetsuen no Tempest) and Nao Touyama (Ako from Saki -Achiga hen-, Kanon from Kaminomi and Yune from Ikoku Meiro no Croisée) joining him. Sayaka Ohara, Yuuchi Nakamura and Hatano Wataru come as bonus so this is definitely getting a three-episode test from me.

possibly blogging // Kyokai [First Impression]



Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
Original Creator: Robinson Haruhara (manga)
Producers: Ordet
AIR DATE: Jan 8, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

It seems that it’s time for heroes to shine this season. Or “heroes.” After one thousand years, Satan returns to earth, and the King wants to seal Satan again. Since it’s a hassle to find the genuine descendants of the Hero who sealed Satan, the King dispatches 75 hero-like people. This anime follow the story of Hero no. 45 Aruba with his fighter Ross. Sounds good to me.

I’m going to watch this because it sounds silly and the possible yaoi shipping, but the people working behind this anime looks pretty interesting, especially the Director *snort* let’s save that one at the end. Aruba will be voiced by Shimono Hiro (Akihisa in Baka to Test), and Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki in Hyouka) will voice Ross. To make it even better, JAM Project will do the OP and ED of Senyuu., and that just makes this anime 1000x more awesome than before. The studio that’s taking care of Senyuu. will be Ordet (Black Rock Shooter and Kannagi), and the Director is…… Yamamoto Yutaka (Fractale and Kannagi). Whoooooo!

possibly blogging // anaaga



Genre(s): Supernatural, Fantasy
Original Creator: Tarō Tatsunoko (light novel)
Producers: Diomedea
AIR DATE: Jan 11, 2013
Episodes: 10
Director: Keizou Kusakawa
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasugabe have tremendous psychic powers and are pretty much bored with the regular world. An envelope arrives for each and when they open it, the scenery around them changes to a world they had never encountered before. They’ve basically been summoned by the Black Rabbit to help the community “No Name” to overthrow the Devil King.

Black rabbits and crazy psychic powered characters? This sure sounds like Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Kore wa zombie and maybe C3 only they had more supernatural themed character running around killing things and fighting all the time, not that it is a bad thing because I kind of like those series. Besides the supernatural setting I don’t like that they only have ten episodes to work with, but I can only guess that the light novel material is just really short? Either way I don’t mind checking that just to see where it goes. Out of the short list of actors I only recognized Iori Nomizu as the insane Haruna from Kore wa Zombie and Megumi Nakajima, who I will always remember as Ranka Lee from Macross Frontier.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel [First Impression]



Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi
Original Creator: Takara Tomy (manga)
Producers: Synergy SP
AIR DATE: Jan 13, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Katsumi Ono
Seiyuu: N/A
Trailer: Show ▼

In summary, Beast Saga takes place on a distant planet called Beast where three tribes: the Sea Tribe, Land Tribe, and Sky Tribe fight for their honor. Each of the tribes protect an infinite elemental power source called Godlot…

Haha..ha…HAHAHAHAHA!!! Ahhh…wow. I’m sure the kids in Japan will enjoy this sort of thing, but I’m not so sure this is the kind of show we’d blog about. Are you really dying to see our insight on what we think these beast-men are really thinking and feeling as they beat the crap out of each other? Basically, Beast Saga is a kids show created so it can sell toys and get rich. The animals are basically tiger and lion cyborgs. Tiborgs and Liborgs, if you will. If I was about 10 years younger, this might be pretty sick.

possibly blogging // no one wants this beast x_x;



Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi
Original Work
Producers: A-1 Pictures
AIR DATE: Jan 10, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Kazuhiro Takamura
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

The notable thing about Vividred Operation is its director/character designer Kazuhiro Takamura, most famous as the director and character designer of the excellent Strike Witches anime series. But even before that, he was staff in some notable works at Gainax, including Mahoromatic, for which he also did the character designs. Another notable name attached is Redjuice, famous thanks both to Supercell and his character designs in Guilty Crown.The story of aliens and the 14 year old girl rising to the challenge to save the Earth sounds suspiciously like Strike Witches, and the aesthetics in the trailers strengthen that comparison. It would be very reasonable to hope for another Strike Witches, but I’m skeptical that this show could recapture that one’s magic. Given that it’s A-1 animating, it’s likely to be pretty and technically sound, which is very important for an action series, but it was Strike Witches’s cast of characters that pushed it to greatness. With Guilty Crown’s main script writer Hiroyuki Yoshino also on board for this.project, I fear that we’re going to end up with another beautiful mess.
An original sci-fi action anime series? Sign me up yo! I really love sci-fi themed anime even though Vividred Operation totally screams Strike Witches to me especially after seeing the trailer? Yes the girls are not wearing pants. I guess you could say that is a possible trademark of Kazuhiro Takamura’s director work? If not it totally should be a thing! Other than that we have A-1 pictures doing the production and so far they have done some amazing stuff~

I suggest watching the trailer, because it basically summarizes what this whole anime will be about in the first shot. Dramatic music instantly blares from your speaker as we watch the sun rising over the horizon, casting a gold light over the world. All this is framed by two milky loli thighs and a super close-up ass shot. Magnifique. I predict a fairly even mix of fanservice and action – and if A-1 is behind it then both are going to look so great that I won’t care how many boobs are shoved into my face! Although I’m sure the action will be top-notch, I can’t help but be wary of anime that look pretty and do poorly (SAO, Guilty Crown). I’d hesitate to call this something to be excited about, but at the very least it should make for mindless entertainment. Cute girls fighting cute girls. Why not?

possibly blogging // Foshizzel



Genre(s): Romance, Shoujo
Original Creator: Design Factory & Idea Factory (game)
Producers: Manglobe
AIR DATE: Jan 8, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Brains Base
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Following the recent trend of adapting otome games into anime, Amnesia makes its entrance! Sure the summary sounds kind of cliche, whatnot with the heroine suffering from amnesia (duh) and finds herself related to a whole harem of hot bishies that she doesn’t even recognise. Oh, one of which happens to be a “spirit” named Orion, who is supposed to help her regain her memories. That’s a rather good situation to land yourself in, if you ask me. *shot*The seiyuu cast imo isn’t anything to shout about, but names like Kisho Taniyama (Uta no Pri’s Natsuki) and Tesuya Kakihara (Brave10’s Sasuke) have had some experience in the reverse-harem sector. There’s always some worry about how well an adaption will go, but Brains Base has a pretty good record of producing some awesome shoujos. I really enjoyed Spice and Wolf II as well as the currently ongoing Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, so let’s hope they make this fantastic. I’m definitely going to try this out because the art looks pretty from the trailer, and we all know that you’re in for the bishies anyway. …Oh wait that’s just me? *shot again*
Shippable bishies with only one unknown female heroine that I can get rid of anytime of the day. What’s more to ask? Since this is based on otome game, I’m curious about how the Director is going to handle all the different routes from the game (Ohashi Yoshimitsu who did Sacred Seven and Witchblade). Will it be as fabulous as UtaPri? Will it have an official pairing just like Hiiro No Kakera? Or will be as shitty as Arcana Famiglia?

Remember back to my 30 things you didn’t know about me post, and I said that I wanted to see this animated? No? Well, obviously my wish came true. So after the disappointments that were Arcana Famiglia and Hiiro no Kakera, I’m giving otome games turned anime yet another try with Amnesia. Lucky for Brains Base, the heroine didn’t really have a personality to begin with (it’s laughable that she doesn’t seem to have a name, even with her seiyuu announced), so at least they can’t mess her character up. Also, the routes in this game were all divided as different worlds so I figure they could do something like Amagami where each guy gets his own set of episodes. I don’t see how else they’d do it since each route was a completely different story. …And there are only 4 routes + 1 ‘true’ one, so it’s completely doable.

Anyways, Amnesia is an adaption from an otomate game, so expect more story than romance. This time though, the storyline for each route is actually pretty interesting with suspense, drama and such. I’m looking forward to seeing how they animate some scenes and looking forward to how people react to some of the abuse the heroine goes through. …In any case, let’s just hope the voice acting in this isn’t as odd as it was in the game. Sometimesthecharacterstalkedlikethis and it was kind of off-putting.

possibly blogging // Miyu + anaaga + Karakuri



Genre(s): Comedy, Action
Original Creator: Mochi (manga)
Producers: ZEXCS
AIR DATE: Jan 4, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Susumu Mitsunaka
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

I’m pretty cautious with comedy, but come on! The villain is a goat! An adorable goat named Don Valentino who eats money! I cannot think of a better rival. It seems like there’s the potential for a wide variety of gags instead of just repeating the same joke over and over. There are so many strange elements and gimmicks present that it would be near impossible to just rely on one. There’s a great seiyuu cast to really deliver the lines with expert timing and expression too, which is also incredibly important.

Now, everything isn’t all good news. Zexcs is one of those mediocre studios that generally do more jobs with in-between animation than their own stuff. The stuff they do churn out isn’t always the most impressive either. I don’t know if that’s enough to bring things down since the animation for a comedy anime isn’t always that important, but if there is a lot of action then the deficits might start to show. Ah well, I’m staying for the goat in a cape and the crazy hair fetish detective.

possibly blogging // Overcooled



Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Original Creator: Mamare Touno (novel)
Producers: Arms
AIR DATE: Jan 4, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Takahashi Takeo
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

The story originated in the fantasy novels penned by Mamare Touno, set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. However what follows can only be found on 2ch. Instead of being confronted by the Dark Lady, the Hero was asked for help instead. After some heated argument about “peace” and “war” with the Dark lady, the Hero decides to join forces with her because he believes that it’s the only way to bring peace into this world for long-term.

Those who love Spice & Wolf and Yosuga no Sora should definitely watch this anime because it will be directed by Takahashi Takeo. Holo fans will be overjoyed because Koshimizu Ami is the seiyuu for Dark Lady, and Fukuyama Jun’s (too many awesome roles) sexiness will be heard as Hero. I’m not too sure about Arms producing this anime, but Elfen Lied is something that is liked by many, so I guess this is one of Arms’ few decent works? Either way, this anime is too interesting to be passed, so I’ll be watching it.

possibly blogging // anaaga



Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Shoujo, Supernatural
Original Creator: Miyuki Abe (manga)
Producers: Studio Deen
AIR DATE: Jan 5, 2013
Episodes: 13
Director: Osamu Yamasaki
Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

It’s as if I’m a masochist, I keep coming back for DEEN’s crap. Hakkenden is about the only three survivors from the plague that befell upon Ootsuka village. One of the survivors, named Inuzuka Shino, controls a super duper special blade of life called Murasame. The three survivors’ peaceful lives are disturbed when the imperial church decided to take Murasame for themselves. Oh, and the three survivors happened to be two boys and one girl. This is so not a love triangle.

Like I mentioned before, Studio DEEN is producing this anime. Now, don’t drop that expectation rate to -1000 yet. Just drop it to -500. The ones will be working on this anime will be Yamasaki Osamu and Yamazaki Mitsue. Hakuouki might not be the best example, it but was actually alright, and Osamu did better on Hakuouki sequel. Osaku also directed Terra e…, and I heard it’s a fantastic anime. Hakkenden might be Mitsue’s first anime where he’s in charge fully, but he was the Assistant Director for Mawaru Penguindrum. So, I guess… I guess, Hakkenden will be in good hands? The  seiyuu list is pretty good too, such as Takagaki Ayahi (Saki in Natsuiro Kiseki), Hino Satoshi (Akito in bakuman.), and Kakihara Tatsuya (Enjou in KnK 5 and Natsu in Fairy Tail). So once more, out of all the disappointments, let’s give DEEN another chance.

anaaga, you forgot to mention one important part!! *waggy eyebrows* Miyuki Abe, the original author of the manga is actually pretty well-known for her other BL manga. Don’t think there’s going to be actual BL though the two boys may just be shippable… >D Anyway, the art looks nice so I’ll be giving this a try! Let’s hope for some good (BL) action!

possibly blogging // anaaga + Miyu

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130 Responses to “Winter Anime Catalogue 2013”

  1. Jrow says:

    Nice job everybody! Love the updated presentation style.

    As for me this season, I’m definitely going to watch Chihayafuru 2 (yay for the return of Kara no Kyokai), Haganai NEXT and these episodes of Nekomonogatari. Everything else looks doubtful on a personal level, even Tamako Market since that looks like the moeblob stuff I don’t care for.

    • Karakuri says:

      Agreed about the design. Ness did an awesome job~

      • d-LaN says:

        Sry for drifting off topic, but is tht a Touko Fukawa avvie? Its another Danganronpa fan! 😀

    • Tofu says:

      I’m sure Tamako Market will be just as character centered as K-On was since it IS the K-On staff we’re talking about. But still…. TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~!!! <3 <3 <3

      • Yvoon says:

        I saw that and I went into fangirl mode~ Its really like K-ON all over again~ Tamako~ Tamako~ *DOKIDOKI*

        but srsly man…..what have you done to me…OTL

    • BlackBriar says:

      Couldn’t agree more on the presentation style. It’s beautiful and makes the site look great. Ness has outdone herself.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yepppp! Nice job on the list everyone and of course amazing graphics by Ness~

      @Jrow: I agree! There really is not a lot to look forward to in winter, but I usually try a bit of everything and sometimes I do find the surprise shows xD

    • Ness says:

      Thanks all. It was a pain working on the css but worth it. Glad you all like the new design~ :3

  2. Highway says:

    I’m kinda overloaded with “OMG New Series!!!!” like I tend to be at the beginning of seasons. So I’ve picked a couple to definitely blog, and then the rest I’m just gonna watch when they come out and see if I like them. I’ve already got 5 shows that are continuing from this Fall, so it’s definitely not out of the question to get back up to 15+ for me.

    As far as preparation for upcoming sequels, I’ve been watching some of the older shows. I finished Haganai S1, watched Minami-ke S1 (not 2 or 3, tho, I’m torn as to whether to bother, since so many people seem to complain about them), and I’m about halfway through Chihayafuru (the next episode for me is the Tokyo Regional Final). I do have to say that I can see glimmers of what people love about Chihayafuru, but I’m not seeing anything so far as to it being one of the ultra-best series from 2012.

    • akagami says:

      Yes join me brother!

      Last season I had 21 new shows and dropped 7 (net 14). This season looks like 17, with 1 or 2 that are no the fence (I’ll probably crowdsource opinions on whether to try them). I say 17, but what, 3-4 shows are 5 minutes each or less?

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hahah yeah there certainly are a lot of things to choose from and other series continuing from fall, but I always end up trying a bit of everything just to see if anything surprises me? For Fall that was Girls und Panzer, Tonari, Jojo and Sukitte Ii na yo! All of those series I originally planned on skipping but I enjoyed every episode <3

      Woooooooo! Haganai s2! I still have to finish Chihiayafuru s1 I have been busy with awards and winter list hahah

  3. steev says:

    This season doesn’t look good, but it doesn’t really have to be. Only 6 of the shows I was watching ended. So as long as there are a few shows I like, I say this season will do just fine.

    I am looking forward to Minami-ke 4 and Roman the most. I am a huge fan of Minami-ke series and if Roman has any kind of the same grown up flair that Mine Fujiko had last year, then it should be good. I’ll probably watch Tamako Market because Kyoto Ani’s anime, while not always my favorite, tend to be pretty entertaining. Haganai 2 will also be watched, mainly cause I saw season 1 and I am a sucker for sequels even if I didn’t really like the show nearly as much as everyone else.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I am with you Steev, winter does not look that impressive and I have my eyes on like 5 core shows besides the ones I am blogging of course~

      Yeah I am 50/50 on Minami-ke as a whole I mean it really is funny even though there really is little to no plot, but as a comedy alone it works for me.

      I can’t wait for Haganai s2! It comes out after my birthday lololol

  4. Tofu says:

    TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~ TAMAKO~ !!! x3 What else is there to say!? I adore Tamako market simply because the K-On staff is behind the effort in bringing this original work alive~! Even though Hikasa Yoko will not be voicing anyone (nor are the other HTT girls), this will definitely be a great mix between nostalgia and refreshment! It really does look like a beautiful show you’d sit back and relax with. Definitely character centered which KyoAni does best.

    Although in terms of the shows Hikasa is actually voicing, I might give Cuticle Detective a try. Unfortunately OC, I have to slightly disagree with you and say that the comedy isn’t my cup of tea. The goat seems a bit… ridiculous but in my eyes, not in a funny way. Maybe I might change my mind once I watch it. I’ll definitely try to enjoy the show for what it is then trying to point out the mistakes as much as possible. (Although she’s only a supporting character so who knows when she’ll actually voice… T_T)

    But besides that, Yama no Susume is a show I’m definitely watching. It’s got a great potential of character development which can really shine if done properly with the story about conquering fears.

    Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten that there’s a SECOND SEASON of BOKU WA TOMODACHI GA SUKUNAI!!!!! YESSSS!!!!!!!


    I was a bit disappointed they didn’t include the story writing in the series BUT THEN they use it for a whole special episode! I was so happy and laughing my ass off!!! Unfortunately I never got to reading the light novels so I’m going in the second season totally blind. Not that it’s a bad thing. I’m looking forward to more Sena VS Yozora and that beautiful character development and Kobato being cute with Rika’s dirty mind and and and AND!!! *shot dead*

    *comes back alive* THAT KANSAI DIALECT IS BACK!!! ARATA!!!!!! (… wait…. why do i sound like a fangirl? O_O) AHEM! Chihayafuru really captures the art of karuta, not just how intense the game can get back the meaning behind the cards. It’s also got great characters and we’ll FINALLY GET TO SEE MORE THIS SEASON!!! I can’t wait! Hurry and air already~!!! x3 I want more Chihaya~!! <3

    I'll definitely give the rest of the shows a try. Who knows, I might find a hidden gem somewhere ;D Good work on the graphics as always guys! Sorry I haven't been commenting as much T____T

    • Foshizzel says:


      That really looks like a fun series for the hardcore K-ON fans out in the world and yeah agreed Tofu KyoAni does good work with character based anime.

      Hahahah Who can pass up more Haganai? Especially if you loved the first season!? I have missed the oddball characters and yes agreed UUNNIIVVERSSEEEEE!

      No problem Tofu I have to get back into commenting on other blogs….

  5. Namika says:

    KSOKSOKSOKSOKSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~ I wanna see the Ao no Exorcist movie, I don’t want to wait 8 months to watch it!!!! TT^TT I was waiting for almost a year and now I have to wait even more TT^TT please, let it magically appear in the net soon TT^TT

    Other than than, there’s surprisingly a lot(more or less) stuff that grabbed my eye. First of all, Mondai-ji-tachi bla bla. Are long*ss names trendy right now? They kinda irritate me -_- but anyways, the trailer was fun. I liked the art, so I’m going to check that out. Next, comes Amnesia. OH, I’m so watching this. The art looks really pretty and after Kuroko no basket ended, I’ve been feeling a lack of bishieness and unfortunately Kougami isn’t making up for it, so YES, this is right up my alley. And speaking of Kuroko no basket, I had no idea about the OVA!!! When I noticed the image of Kuroko I was so glad, then, when I was reading the summary I almost squealed with happiness, but then BOOM. February. Whaaaaaaaaaa??? come ooon! Season 2 will air this spring, so I spent two seasons without the basketball bishieness. HAVE MERCY! >> but A-1 pictures?? YES. Definitely, yes. After watching Ao-Ex, my respect for this studio skyrocked, really. Not to mention their other anime I love.
    Sasami-san ganbaranai sounds kinda nice. I’m not expecting much, but I’ll at least give it a try. After finding out about Welcome to the NHK I have a thing for hikikomori stuff so I’ll try this. And marathon Welcome to the NHK sometime this month too. :3
    Next, Love Live! School idol project. Well…. honestly, the last music anime I was loving, aka Tari Tari, I ended up dropping for some reason. Idk why, it was really nice and pleasant but it didn’t make me want to keep watching it, even my love for music. Maybe this anime will show more passion for music. From that point, AKB0048 looks interesting too, but I’m not into sci-fi/music genre crossovers, judging from the fact that I didn’t like Macross at all.
    Next, the Junjou Romantica special. Oh well, gotta have my pure romance ^w^ I love yaoi, and I love Junjou, after all :3
    AAAaaaaan last but not least, Hetaliaaa~ <3 Seriously, how can you not watch that? :3 I hate history but Hetalia made me love it.

    So, this is it. My watchlist rarely gets this big and I rarely watch all anime from my watchlist, but still. I have finals in January and in February we have a winter break so more anime time for meeeh :3 YESH, getting back to ongoings definitely feels good! <3

    • Foshizzel says:

      I feel your pain on wanting to see Ao no Exorcist movie and yeah I don’t want to wait 8 months for that because I want to see the index movie, Evangelion movie and Stardriver movie! Damn I want to move to Japan…lololol

      Yeah I am curious about Mondai-ji-tachi! It does look colorful and reminds me a lot of C3~

      I am excited for ore AKB0048 that first season had a great blend of character interaction, mecha and idol singing!

      • Namika says:

        Yeeees! That’s just painful, to wait 8 months! Even my mom wants to see that movie, she loved Ao-Ex 😀

        Haven’t watched C3 but Definitely checking out Mondai-ji-tachi, I liked the bunny! Lets see how fun will it be :3

        Hmmm. I’m a little confused about AKB0048. The second season looks nice, but I don’t really want to watch the first one because I’m lazy and I have some other stuff to watch. But then I think to myself “It’s only 13 episodes, just watch it” and oh…….. We shall see

  6. Namika says:

    By the way, great job guys! Your seasonal anime posts are always very informative, and I love the format you’ve given to these posts. Otsukare Sama~ ^w^

  7. BlackBriar says:

    It’s that time again where fans sniff out what’s hot and what’s not with the three episode test. Hmm… For the New Year, Winter isn’t looking as appealing as last season which was great and means there might not be a high anime watch count this time but there might be some hidden gems among these shows so I’ll stay optimistic for the time being. And the current trend for most shows seems to be one where there are super powered humans. Just reading the genre for Senran Kagura, it’s MetaFap worthy and just like Fosh, I hope it’s not censored or I’ll rage.

    The shows on my sights are Zettai Karen Children, Vividred Operation, the Chuunibyou, Girls und Panzer, OniiAi, Nurarihyon no Mago and Code: Breaker OVAs. Mondai-Ji-Tachi looks very C3. It should be a good ride. I’ve already liking the look of bunny characters so all that’s left to worry is the story. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is basically another guy meets monster girl anime. Well, every season has to have one.

    Second season of Boku wa Tomodachi. YES!! More Rika perversion, Kodaka being misunderstood by his classmates, Sena stalking Kobato and Kobato vs Maria. Place your bets on the contenders. I’ve betting it all on the Hanazawa character. Also as anticipated is AKB0048 Next Stage. I’ve missed the singing battle idols and it’s time to gets some answers last season wasn’t able to provide. And they better not leave out the light saber action.

    I’ve already burned through two parts of Nekomonogatari and it’s great. The way it’s shown, it’s a movie broken into four parts. Back to old NisiOisin Monogatari goodness and Black Hanekawa is sexy. Definitely prefer her over the original.

    Hellsing Ultimate OVA 10: “sobs” It’s the end. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Does anyone have any idea how much this is making me cry right now? Feels like a big hole has been put into my heart. It means after this, there’s no more hot Seras Victoria being badass and kicking ass especially now that the show’s gotten better since she’s finally drank blood and became a true vampire. As hard as this might be, I have to savor every last moment.

    • Highway says:

      I’m actually hoping that Haganai makes a move towards a couple. I didn’t mind that the first season was open-ended, because that felt right for that length of show. But it really felt narrowed down to Sena vs Yozora at the end of the season, and I think the show would be best if it at least worked toward one couple by the end of the second season, rather than keeping going with the open-ended-ness.

      And even if I’d prefer Yozora, either Sena or Rika would be fine as well.

      • Karakuri says:

        I’m kind of hoping for an actual couple too… I’ve always thought of Kodaka’s options as either Yozora or Sena, so I’m really curious to see where the story ends up.

        • BlackBriar says:

          The way things were developing, there might be a couple option. I’m betting more on Kodaka pairing up with Yozora since they’re childhood friends. That little detail is like an assurance in relationships when it comes to anime.

          • Highway says:

            Hah, that reminds me of my blog-mate Sumairii’s first rule of anime: “The childhood friend always wins… except when they don’t.”

          • Karakuri says:

            Childhood friends do tend to have the upper hand in these things…

            Unless of course, a new mysterious girl shows up at the beginning of the series, which sets the whole social structure off balance. Though Haganai didn’t have that, so again, Yozora seems to have the upper hand.

            • BlackBriar says:

              The childhood friend could have a bad upbringing for all we know but they’d still end up being together. That’s anime law right there. I don’t see a new character coming in. The trailer had no indication on the subject and if anything, the show will just up the ante over what it already has. For someone as mean spirited as Yozora, she certainly has an advantage.

            • Highway says:

              Nah, that show doesn’t need a new person. It’s all wild cards anyway.

            • Karakuri says:

              I meant at the veeeeeery beginning of the series. Like Senjou winning over Tsubasa in Bakemonogatari (…not that Araragi and her were childhood friends, but close enough) or that red haired girl from Ano Natasu getting between the main guy and that blue haired childhood friend girl. …Or Rias from H Dekinai winning over that other childhood friend girl.

            • Highway says:

              I dunno, unless there’s a new girl, of course the childhood friend is gonna win (plus you’re not going to have much of a show). But I can think of lots of shows where the childhood friend isn’t really the frontrunner: OreImo (even though Manami is my second pick after Kuroneko), Shuffle! (where Kaede goes Yandere), the aforementioned Boku H (not Rias, tho, Lisara), Ano Natsu (and Onegai Teacher), Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi (although I don’t know if H-game adaptations really count), Sankarea. Of course, there’s a bunch where they do win: KoiChoco, IS, Nyan Koi! (at least it looked like she was winning), Kimikiss.

              Hmm, what genre do I really like…

        • Highway says:

          Yeah, I thought the setup was pretty obviously Yozora or Sena, with Kobato, Yukimura, and Maria as obvious jokes and Rika as The Joker but she doesn’t really have a shot.

          Between Yozora and Sena, tho, that’s a tough one for Kodaka. Childhood Friend vs. Parental Approval. One does wonder why Sena can’t find another guy, tho, if they’re all after her anyway.

  8. Gecko says:

    Senyuu, Mondai-ji-tachi, Amnesia, Cutical Detective, Maoyuu, Sasami-san, Kotoura-san, Hetalia, and the Star Driver Movie are all looking interesting to me. It seems like a lot to me but I know something will fall apart. I’m the most worried about Maoyuu since I love the manga.
    Everything else is just for fun. RL has calmed down for me and I figure I need a break. I’ve got Psycho-Pass and Shin Sekai Yori for my serious time. Not to mention a lot of the comedy shows are looking good. I think this is going to be an alright season.
    Great job with all the graphics and the details :3

    • Karakuri says:

      I’m kind of worried about Maoyuu as well. …It just seems like so much dialogue and economics talk for people to sit through. Though Spice and Wolf managed it, so maybe I’m worrying for nothing.

      • Gecko says:

        It might not be too much economics.
        And there’s always the ecchi part to keep people going.

      • Highway says:

        If the first episode is any indication, it’s not going to be boring at all.

  9. skylion says:

    What is this? The holiday season has left me more of a train wreck than the end of Guilty Crown, and you guys have got the Winter ’13 reviews out already!

    And Highway has overtaken me! OMG this is a most morbid of moments; methinks. I caught up with some JoJo tonite, bear with me.

    Well, there isn’t too much that tickles my fancy. Lots of smaller studio are making a push. As per my habit, gonna give most of it a try, but there are a few that put the chips in my cookie.

    OoooOoOoO. K-ON flashbacks, dudes. Tamako Market is gonna be the bomb. Oh, Fosh, mochi is most definitely not rice-cakes. Rice cakes be crunchy, and as you can see in some of the promo stills, mochi be chewy-y. It’s like eating a bowl of rice flavored taffy, but it isn’t.
    What this has to do with a chicken (why does it have to be a chicken, again….is Nagoya spreading?!) I have no idea, but if it’s cute girls, doing cute thing, with KyoAni behind it, then call me an instant fan-boy-man.

    Haganai, NEXT! More Naked Loli Service Oh, will it live up to the hype. As Highways says above, I hope they pare down and make a real ship happen. I would choose Sena, but Science Girl would be really really For Science!

    VividRed has every feel I need, Lvlln spelled it all out…no need for me to go on. panstu

    To Be Next Stage! I went from a skeptic, to an all out convert. Evetaku provided the raws for the 1st episode of the newest AKB0048, and it looks and sounds like all my issues are going to be addressed. I couldn’t be more pleased. Be seeing you, Hawt!

    Bothy Yuusha and Cuticle Detective look like my kinda deal, so I will be checking them out.

    Chihayafuru 2 is high on my list as well. I will never be a karuta player, much less a master, so this is as close as I get. Plus, all the feels. And the barrel-rolls.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Whoa! Even I have to admit, Highway is getting fierce with his comment output. Overtaking you certainly opened my eyes to the fact. But skylion, you’re not out of the woods yet. You have a returning Metanorn reader and commenter, Namika, closing in on you with exceptional speed.

    • Namika says:

      I know how it feels, Skylion. You did push me to the 6th place, so I do 😀

      • skylion says:

        All in good fun.

        • BlackBriar says:

          LOL. Fun for everyone!!

          • Karakuri says:

            Careful Briar or anaaga might include you in the Highway x skylion ship xD

            • BlackBriar says:

              Noooooooohoho!!! Anything but that!! I got to tread carefully around her. It wouldn’t surprising if that happened because I’m one of the three most frequent commenters here. So naturally I’d have a target on my back.

            • Highway says:

              “One of the three…” I still note a 2xxx number for your comments, while I still have a yyy number. I honestly don’t know if I’ve narrowed the gap to you in a meaningful way. 🙂

            • Kyokai says:

              Oh, we have a ménage à trois now? :3

  10. skylion says:

    Spammy. I try to feed you well.

    • BlackBriar says:

      You feed him, you play with him and still he turns around and bites you. This spam monster has no sense of loyalty.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I feed it everyday! Thanks for the spam food <3

  11. akagami says:

    Hmm, at first glance, my list is:
    1) Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster[email protected]! I am Lady!
    2) Yama no Susume – not too sure, but at 5 minutes it’s an easy digest. Cute girls doing cute things?
    3) Mangirl! – bad title choice, bad title choice. Seems decent and at 5 minutes it’ll be an easy test drive. Didn’t like Bakuman though.
    4) Maoyuu Maou Yuusha – Fukujun (Lawrence) and Ami (Holo)? Check. Spice and Wolf team? Check. You had me Fukujun.
    5) D.C. III ~Da Capo III~ – I don’t know anything really about the D.C. series, but SS was decent, so I’ll give this a shot.
    6) Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru – romance comedy? That’s all I need to know.
    7) AKB0048 Next Stage – this will be added to my backlog list, as I just started AB0048 (season 1) on a recommendation, and surprisingly it’s actually pretty good (I was thinking Xenoglossia which was forgettable).
    8) Minami-ke Tadaima – the series has had its highs and lows, but it has always been an enjoyable time-killer at the very least. Go Kana!
    9) Senran Kagura – I’ve never seen the game, but ecchi/fanservice doesn’t bother me, plus its comedy (with ninjas!). Auto-add.
    10) Love Live! School Idol Project – this one is a gamble. I really enjoyed [email protected] and
    Natsuiro Kiseki, so here’s hoping the trend continues!
    11) Tamako Market – I don’t really know much beyond it’s an original work and it’s Kyoto so it’s worth a watch. The negatives are a boring premise (mochi???) and their last work (Chuunibyou) was a letdown for me. Positives are K-ON! and Lucky Star (both great). And Kyoto is no slouch in the animation department.
    12) GJ-bu (Good Job Club) – not sure what to expect, but cute character designs and it’s a 4koma, so either it’ll be fun or go down in flames. There’s no in-between.
    13) [email protected] – Romance. Comedy. Add Shaft. This has win written all over it.
    14) Vividred Operation – the only show I have high expectations for. Strike Witches!
    15) Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT – thoroughly enjoyed the first season and looking forward to this one as well. Romance + Comedy for me is like candy for a fat kid.
    16) Kotoura-San – it’s RomCom, but the designs are… meh. But it’s RomCom and that means mandatory testdrive.
    17) Mondai-Ji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru sou Desu yo? – the premise is interesting enough, so it’s worth a spin. Fantasy is right up my alley.
    18? This really isn’t a full season, but Nekomonogatari – pure win. Bakemono and Nisemono were great.

    On the fence:
    Cuticle Tantei Inaba – wolf guy detective themed show? Not really my cup of tea, but mitigating factors – UN-GO and Hyouka were great. Kamisama Memchou was decent.
    Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun – I saw a trailer and not sure what this really is. Going to wait it out.
    AMNESIA – this has bishies! Unfortunately I need more than pretty people as a reason and I don’t know enough to decide if it’s worth checking out. On second thought, that’s all I had to go on for K. Hmmmm…..
    Senyu – Fractale was fail, but this is only 5 minutes. Though the designs look like I’m watching Pokemon.

  12. skylion says:

    …but I’m oooooold and tiiiiirrrred…

  13. Yvoon says:


    looking forward to Cuticle Detective Inanba, just coz it i like puzzly shows.

    Cant wait for Amnesia, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi, Tomodachi Sukunai S2 and….


    There are a few more I think but these are my mains ones!~
    TAMAKO!~ <3 XD

  14. Karakuri says:

    WHOAWHOAWHOAWHOA. …It’s a good thing I actually read over the catalogue. I had no idea Kuro to Kin was getting an OVA.

  15. Amutofan123 says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve watched an otome game adaptation, but I’ll definitely be watching Amnesia. With Brains Base handling it, hopefully there won’t be anything to worry about.

    Watching Cuticle Detective Inaba for the cute goat-villian and the cute main character. It seems so quirky that it might just work.

    Everyone keeps comparing Maoyuu Maou Yuusha to Spice & Wolf, so I’ll give this a try. I haven’t watched Spice & Wolf, but everyone I’ve talked to says it’s great.

    I overlooked OreShura when it was first announced because it didn’t seem like my thing, but I’ll give it a shot. It does look really cute.

    Anything (usually) from Shaft get’s an automatic watch from me, so [email protected] is definitely on my list. Of course, it looks like something I would have watched whether Shaft did it or not.

    The only anime that I used to really like from Kyoani were Key stuff, but after Hyouka and Chuunibyou (both of which I ended up adoring), I’m sooo watching Tamako Market.

    I think I might wait until Kizumonogatari comes out (whenever that will be) before watching Nekomonogatari. Then I’ll rewatch everything in chronological order.

    Really great preview, guys! There’s not much I’m watching this winter, but there is a lot of 2-cour shows from Fall that will still be airing, so I don’t mind.

    • Namika says:

      The last otome game adaptation I’ve seen was Arcana Famiglia, but I’m STILL watching Amnesia. Brains Base….. DON’T LET ME DOWN!!!!

      The moment I saw that SHAFT was making Sasami-san Ganbaranai, it was pretty much a sealed deal. Teheee~ Can’t wait to see~ :3

    • Kyokai says:

      Thanks, Amutofan! Winter isn’t very happening but we’ll go by.

  16. Hawthorne says:

    I just realized Yama no Susume is only a 3 minute long anime. That sucks! >: I love the premise, but I guess there wasn’t enough source material?

    Will still watch though!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Ridiculous! What kind of anime only lasts 3 minutes?! It’s unheard of. This must be some kind of joke. Maybe they should’ve put the project on hold until a story comes together.

      • Karakuri says:

        I don’t know if anyone remembers Nyanpire, but those were pretty short. Same with the original Nyaruko animations.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Hmm… I’m not familiar with that anime and it’s the first time I’ve heard of it. Was it any good?

          • Karakuri says:

            Pfft Nyanpire was a series of unfunny jokes made to sell cute cat-vampire themed merchandise to children. I gave it up after 2 episodes, but by all means, give it a try xD

            • BlackBriar says:

              Despite a keyword you mentioned, it sounds like an anime not worth anyone’s time and a bad marketing strategy so I don’t think I’ll even bother giving it a try. But thanks for the info, anyway.

            • anaaga says:

              For a 2-5 minute anime that’s worth it, you should try Gakkatsu. It’s pretty decent. Well, the first episode

        • Hawthorne says:

          It’s just hard to get into short anime, for me at least. 3-5 minutes feels too short! I haven’t seen either of the ones you mentioned Kara, but I am watching Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, which despite being 3 minutes is hilarious! The Jintai shorts are also excellent. So I guess short anime can be done right, but I definitely prefer sitting back and getting immersed in a 23 minute show.

          • Karakuri says:

            I imagine it’s hard to set up a plot if you’re only given 3 minutes, so I guess thats why there are so many gag ones in existence. …I wouldn’t bother with either of the two I’ve mentioned. Neither were very funny.

            • Highway says:

              RecoRan actually did pretty well setting up a couple of plot arcs over 20+ episodes of a 3-minute series. There were a few threads that were going along, not just the obvious gags about Atsushi being a 5th grade bishounen.

      • Highway says:

        I watched both Yama no Susume and Mangirl! (worst anime name EVER!) yesterday. They both seem interesting enough to keep with.

        I also watched the first series of Recorder and Randsell, which wasn’t bad, although you’d think the cops would eventually figure out that maybe Atsushi isn’t a creeper after 20 episodes end with him getting carted off in a police car…

        Some really stink, tho. I couldn’t get into Yutori-chan at all, despite HanaKana and Aoi Yuuki. The lips of the boss character creeped me out.

        And remember that a 3 – 5 minute anime is really more like a 2-3.5 minute anime, cause they still have a 90-second ED…

  17. skylion says:


    Noooooooohoho!!! Anything but that!! I got to tread carefully around her. It wouldn’t surprising if that happened because I’m one of the three most frequent commenters here. So naturally I’d have a target on my back.

    Are we commenting here, or writing a plot?

    I mentioned joining the Meta Team in a podcast a short while ago, maybe we could all jump in…a ship-cast….

    • Highway says:

      Man the lifeboats! Iceberg, dead ahead!

    • BlackBriar says:

      I’d go more with writing a plot because it feels like we’re playing into someone’s hand and everyone’s watching the show.

      A podcast doesn’t sound so bad but I’d have to get another laptop first. The one I’m using now is so outdated it doesn’t even have a built in mic for conversations.

      • skylion says:

        You hear that Team Meta, we have to do a podcast now, as BB needs a reason to upgrade.

      • anaaga says:

        Hmm….. skylion and highway as two lonely ojisan who found the meaning of life through each other? And BlackBriar as an angsty universtiy student who falls in love with one of the ojisan’s kindness?

        That could work

        OR OR the two ojisan fights for BB’s love! But I want to ship my ojisan

        • Karakuri says:

          …I support this.

        • skylion says:

          ::Takai:: Oooooh’ my!

        • BlackBriar says:

          Good lord! This is going attract all the yaoi girls. Must…escape. I wonder what Kyokai, Overcooled, Miyu and Hime would say about this but I’m too afraid to find out. XD

          • skylion says:

            For Spring 2013

            What happens to Blackbriar? He’s caught between two souls that have caught long and hard. He must choose….My Way or the Highway…

            • Karakuri says:

              I’m dying of laughter. Someone fund this.

            • anaaga says:

              Laughing so hard. Oh god I can’t.

              It would be too boring if it has no blood though. *call Urobutcher* That guy makes great yaoi stories. Realllyyy great

            • Foshizzel says:

              hahahah this is epic! Skylion, Highway and BB on a podcast? I am so down~

            • Kyokai says:

              This podcast will happen!

  18. d-LaN says:

    I knew there will be another Carnival Phantasm! Saw it coming! I just hope no more Lancer(s) getting killed….

    Hmm not many shows look interesting but there still a number of them tht looks interesting….

    Honestly, tht dramatic ass shot of Vivired Operation caught my attention first lol. I enjoyed GC and I liked SF stuff so I think I will check this out.

    Senran Kagura…. I think I found my “LOL/Guilty pleasure anime”… I think I will laugh quite hard if sunbeam-chan is getting a lot of scenes XD

    Amnesia will be my next otome game anime adaptation aside frm Arcana Famiglia (dropped only after 1 ep after seeing Kara post =_=) so I hope I won’t suck…

    I heard Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is full off economics…. whether I will enjoy it or not depends on whether can I stomach the economics lecture XD

    Since I enjoyed chu2koi and Hyouka I think I will give Tamako Market a shot. Also DAT BIRD. Looks like a potential winner to Comedy Anime of the Early 2013 to me ^.^

    Hakkendan premise sounds interesting… Might give it a look.

    Love Life Idol or AKB…. decisions decisions…

    Mangirl (Ha!) and Cute Girls Climbing Mountain looks fun too acc to RC….

    Wut is Zettai Karren Children? Can I have a non spoiler overview/synapsis of the series?

    Shows I am interested but haven’t check out the previous entry:

    -monogatari (Coincidentally I stopped at EP3 of both seasons..)

    Also I am suppose to work with my backlog too ==; Looks like i really have to manage tht list…

    • Kyokai says:

      Get on Monogatari bandwagon as soon as you can. That series is gold and don’t let anyone else convince you otherwise.

      About Zettai Karen Children, the previous story was about a group of goody espers who fought evil for humans and espers both, while Hyoubu’s organization only works for esper-centric missions. I haven’t watched the original series but as this is a spin-off, you won’t need to see the original to enjoy this.

  19. KLACMAN says:

    since winter anime are coming only so far i’m checking are

    Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
    Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
    Senran Kagura

    give these 4 are in wonder if rest will convince me to see it.

  20. Sankaku says:

    I don’t know why, but i find myself not being that excited about this new season… Maybe because I’ve been playing catch up with some other anime series, like Sword Art Online and Gosick. But I am planning on checking out the new Jojo series!
    Anyhow, just found this site and I love the design! 😀

    • Kyokai says:

      You definitely need to watch JoJo! It’s amazing!

      And thanks for the compliments and glad you dropped by! ^^

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