Spring Anime Catalogue 2013


Genre(s): Action, Drama, Fantasy, Super Power
Original Creator: Hajime Isayama (manga)
Producers: Wit Studio
AIR DATE: April 6, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Tetsuro Araki

Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

There’s something very comforting about getting an adaptation for a manga that’s so well-received. This is, apparently, an award-winning piece of work right here getting turned into animated eye candy by Production I.G. Anything they touch is sure to look like the animation equivalent of spun gold, so you can count on all the action scenes being brought to life. What really sells me is a good story though. Does Attack on Titan have it? Well, it’s a horror/supernatural/action show about a post-apocalyptic society who slowly recover in their walled city after being almost completely decimated by ruthless giants. After a period of 100 years with no sighting of giants, one suddenly comes barreling into the city and kills a bunch of people. One of the survivors, Elen, vows to get revenge for the death of his parents. It sounds dark, violent and full of suffering…pretty much my usual cup of tea. It has all the genres I like and all the promise of a truly epic (sorry for using that word, but I mean it!) story. When you get a truckload of “My Little Sister Isn’t This Bangable” type shows, you really jump out at anything with giant monsters brutally squashing entire civilizations. Maybe that’s just me.

In terms of more technical notes on the people behind the adaptation, there’s Tetsuro Araki at the helm for directing. He’s directed Death Note and Highschool of the Dead before, so I’m happy to see how he uses that over-the-top flare for Attack on Titan. Death Note had dramatic potato chip eating, HOTD had bullet time boobs…what crazy moment will this show bring us? On top of that, we’ve got an amazing seiyuu cast. Notably, Marina Inoue (Yoko in TTGL), Yuuki Kaji (Shu in Guilty Crown), Hiro Shimono (Keima in The World God Only Knows), and many more favourites! I love my seiyuu, and there’s a lot to like here. Furthermore, the soundtrack is being done by Hiroyuki Sawano, the guy who did the music for Ao no Exorcist and Guilty Crown. Considering Guilty Crown SWEEPED our award ceremony for best music of last year, I’d say everyone should be happy about this. I’ve rambled a lot, so the TL;DR version is this: ATTACK ON TITAN LOOKS SICK.

possibly blogging // Overcooled



Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi
Original WorkGen Urobuchi
Producers: Production I.G
AIR DATE: Apr 7, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Kazuya Murata

Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

The story begins with our protagonist Red, part of the Human Galactic Alliance, which has been constantly fighting for its survival against “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, along with his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber, Red is swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, he discovers his location to be Earth on a fleet ship named Gargantia. A planet completely flooded by the seas, where people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths to survive. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the ship. Will he keep living in peace without much action on Earth? I don’t think so.

At first glance Suisei no Gargantia reminded me of a mixture of Xam’d Lost memories and Eureka Seven because both of those series have similar sci-fi looking worlds for the characters to explore. It also helps that the director of this series Mr. Kazuya Murata also had his hand in Eureka Seven, Code Geass, Gundam Unicorn and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. I personally loved each of these shows so I am really excited to see what kind of direction he has given to Suisei no Garganta. So, what about the story? I would probably get fired by Kyokai if I didn’t mention that Gen Urobuchi is writing the story, whom most of us know for involvement in Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero and his recent hit Psycho-Pass. This has me wondering how many people will die in Suisei no Gargantia? I know Gen Urobuchi is kind of known for killing off his characters. So we have a good writer and a director who is familiar with giant robots, but what about the voice actors? If you have been around Metanorn lately you know I have a huge love for anything starring my favorite actress Hisako Kanemoto who is currently voicing Haruka in Kotoura-san. Next up we have Kana Asumi who will be reprising her role as Nyaruko from Haiyore Nyaruko-san this season and finally Ai Kayano who I can forgive for playing Inori from Guilty Crown because lately she has done a lot of amazing characters like Saori Takebe from Girls und Panzer, and of course Tomokazu Sugita, who voices one of my all time favourite character Gintoki in Gintama will be playing the robot, Chamber.

I’m not the biggest fan of Urobuchi, but his recent works Psycho-Pass and Fate/Zero have shown that he does have a knack for incorporating concepts from Western media in his works (even if he’s pretty blatant about them). It’s nice seeing them in anime, a medium which usually asks us to throw suspension of disbelief completely out the window in even the more serious works. His works are still squarely anime, but he generally does a good job keeping actions believable and grounded in some sort of logic or pragmatism. So, I’m curious of what he does with this show, whose premise seems indistinguishable from 90% of science fiction anime out there. Psycho-Pass and, to a lesser extent, Puella Magi Madoka Magica convinced me that Butch just can’t do world building, so I have no great hopes for that, but I’m sure he’ll deliver good tension and intense drama of some sort. And maybe even some likable and believable characters as well.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel + Overcooled



Genre(s): Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi,Seinen
Original Creator: Rando Ayamine & Hikaru Niijima (manga)
Producers: Dogakobo, Orange
AIR DATE: April 4, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Keitaro Motonaga

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In the world of Ginga Kikoutai, humans have left the Earth to live in outer space. In order to adapt to the hostile environment of space and deal with different aliens, genetically engineered children called “Princes” are artificially raised and trained to pilot armed robots AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). Our main protagonist is one of these “Princes”, Hitachi O Izuru, who studies in an academic city Grandzehle. We’ll experience the story around him along with the supporting cast.

Out of all the giant robot anime coming out this season I have to say that Ginga Kikoutai: Magestic Prince is not on my most wanted lists of desirable anime, because of Hisahi Hirai’s terrible character designs? They just do not work for me! I mean sure they worked in both Gundam Seed and Seed Destiny, but they don’t really work for the over the top anime expressions seen in the trailer…yeah… Anyway, besides that mess we have some decent actors in this like Yoko Hikasa, Yuka Iguchi and the always talented Miyuki Sawashiro! Feels weird that we have Index, Mio and Hakase in a mecha series? Anyway look forward to more ranting whenever the first episode comes out.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel



Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance
Original Creator: Akira Suzuki (light novel)
Producers: Arms
AIR DATE: April 5, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: KOBUN

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Trailer: Show ▼

I loved the first season of Hyakka Ryouran, with it’s big cast of well-known seiyuu and distinctive art style (maybe the best stylistic conceit I’ve seen). And while director Shizuno Kobun only has the first series of Hyakka Ryouran under his Directorial belt, that is probably enough to continue with this series. And with all of the voice talent back for a second season, I’m definitely on board for this one, expecting more ecchi situations and exciting action sequences. My only disappointment might be that I watched the BD’s for the first season…

possibly blogging // Overcooled + Highway [MetaFap]



Genre(s): Action, Mecha
Original Work
Producers: Sunrise
AIR DATE: Apr 11, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Kou Matsuo

Seiyuu: Show ▼

Trailer: Show ▼

Another giant robot show for spring! I swear this is going to be the best season for me, but the first thing I saw was Sunrise and mecha that was enough to get excited because they really know their giant robot stuff. However, they are far from a perfect studio, I mean they have their fair share of failed giant robot projects like that horrible Gundam 00 movie, Idolmaster Xenoglossia and Sacred Seven. Speaking of Idolmaster Xenoglossia, I am worried because Kou Matsuo directed that series and he is working on Valvrave?! Besides that fact we have a huge list of impressive voice actors starting with Asami Seto (Chihaya in Chihayafuru s2), Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna in Sword Art Online), Ryohei Kimura (Kodaka in HaganaiNEXT), Ai Kayano (Sasori in Girls und Panzer), Minako Kotobuki (Rikka/Cure Diamond in Doki Doki Precure) and finally Misato Fukuen (Rika in Haganai NEXT). These popular actors sure leave me excited to see what happens in the world of Valvrave the Liberator.

Oh look, it’s that mecha anime that I like even though it’s 3D! I guess the world of 3D is slowly sucking me in. Anyway, there is not much known about the plot of the anime, but I’m definitely liking the mecha design. Some of the people working for the design created some of the things I like in Bodacious Space Pirates and Mobile Suit Gundam. Yes, the famed Okawara Kunio is a staff in this anime too ASDFGHJKL. So let’s see how this anime turns out. Besides, the poster has some yaoi vibe that catches my heart already. Who knows, the main characters can be the next Amuro x Char hehe.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel + anaaga


Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
Original Work: Tatsuhiko Hikagi (manga)
Producers: Studio Gokumi
AIR DATE: Apr 3, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Yuji Yamaguchi

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Trailer: Show ▼

So, basically we have a guy with a fetish for hair (and the cutting of it). And then we have a girl whose hair cannot be cut… except by the titular pair of scissors, which the main guy just so happens to possess. Oh, and throw in a couple of assassins after the girl’s life for good measure. This looks weird. I’ve heard the source material is the source (appropriately enough) of this weirdness. And it just so happens that I like me a good, weird show. They make for oddly entertaining watches. Also, there’s FABULOUS hair. You can’t say no to that. Seriously though, this is one of the few shows this season that genuinely has me intrigued. Whether it can deliver, however, remains to be seen.

The last time I dealt with a hair-fetish anime (Cuticle Detective Inaba) it did not go very well at all. So why am I looking forward to another one? Well, for one thing, this looks a lot more serious and potentially interesting. It’s generally about a bunch of people trying to kill one chick with scissor-impervious hair, and her protector-dude who gets off to cutting hair. As Sumairii says, it looks really weird, but at least that keeps things interesting. Without the hair thing, it’d just be another fantasy, boy-meets-girl action show. It’s worth a shot!

possibly blogging // Sumairii + Overcooled


Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Original Work: Touya Mikanagi (manga)
Producers: Manglobe
AIR DATE: Apr 3, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Eiji Suganuma

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Trailer: Show ▼

Oh my god, pretty boys gathering in one place with colorful clothes. It’s about two opposing people where one steals for a living, and one spends his life looking for someone important to him. They (Nai and Gareki) meet under unpredictable circumstances, in a mysterious mansion and get trapped into a setup yada yada. Anyway, they encounter Circus, a government organization and the question remains, would they help them in getting them out of their situation or make things worse? I don’t see much novelty in the storyline with a person following after with the help of a bracelet alone. Though, the seiyuu cast is nothing but stellar.

Pretty boys or not, I’m not so sure about this anime. It seems that the mangaka, Mikanagi is a newbie in the manga/anime world, so I can’t check out his other works to see the manga quality. One thing I know about Mashiro Iro that was directed by Gusanuma Eiji though. Mashiro Iro was boooooorriinngggg as hell, but the story was actually pretty decent. I still dig Airi though. Anyway, I’m a fan of Mashiro Iro, but I hope that this anime will not be as boring and makes sense too, of course. Please, Gusanuma, I beg of you.

It’s kind of difficult to get a handle on this show, not having read the manga at all. But with the studio and director from Mashiro-iro Symphony, and a scriptwriter who’s worked on quite a few shows I’ve liked, I’ll probably give this one a look as a more serious show for the spring.

possibly blogging // Overcooled + Kyokai



Genre(s): Martial Arts, Shounen
Original Creator: Hiroshi Fukuda (manga)
Producers: Seven Arcs Pictures
AIR DATE: April 8, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Takayuki Hamana

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Trailer: Show ▼

This is based on Hiroshi Fukuda’s Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō manga, which is a martial arts, shounen set in the Edo-era Tokyo. To get honest opinions from his people, the eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered boxes to be installed around the city. After hearing their feedback, Shogun SHOGUN KA YOOO moved to create a new magistrate unit: Mushibugyō, to protect the citizens of the city. Each member in turn is a specialist with unique fighting skills.

Takayuki Hamana (Library War, Appleseed XIII, The Beast Player Erin, The Prince of Tennis) is directing the series with Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Magi, Space Brothers), handling the series composition, and Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Blade of the Immortal, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~), adapting Fukuda’s characters for animation. I had to stop and notice the seiyuu cast with the hot Nanba brother from Space Brothers, Kenn voicing the main character Jinbee (see the director connection? Personally, I’d hire him again too). Along with him, we have Takuma Terashima (Apollo in Aquarion Evol, Otoya in UtaPri), Mamoru Miyano (Fushimi in K, Light in Death Note), Rikiya Koyama (Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero, Samon in Zetsuen no Tempest) and Jun Fukuyama (Yuuta in Chu2koi, Gamon in Phi Brain).

Not being a big shounen enthusiast lately, I’m still at least intrigued by this. Sometimes Samurai action (House of Five Leaves for instance), has caught me offgaurd so don’t pass it for the strange looks (ooh those funky hairtsyles~), seems like there’s something for everything and you can at least test this as an experiment.

possibly blogging // Kyokai [First Impression]



Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Super Power
Original Work: Kazuma Kamachi (manga)
Producers: J.C. Staff
AIR DATE: Apr 12, 2013
Episodes: N/A
Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai

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Trailer: Show ▼

Where were you when Railgun season two was announced?! I forget where I was, but damn after hearing the news of another season I got so hyped for it! I mean come on Misaka is one of my all time favorite characters that I wrote about her in an editorial, but I know a handful of people that don’t share my levels of excitement because let’s face it, after two full seasons of Index it left a bad image on the face of that universe thanks to characters like Touma, Index and a bunch of extras that we don’t really care about running around with little to no Misaka. While Index sucked for the most part I know a few fans that tried their best to get into the first season of Railgun, but found it to be boring with the lack of action? That is true as I remember a few episodes that left me bored because NOTHING happened! So will the second season get us excited? I certainly hope so. Seemingly, the second season will focus on The Sisters Arc, which was expanded greatly in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga. It will focus on the ordeals of Mikoto Misaka after discovering the existence of the Radio Noise sisters and their original purpose of creation for Accelerator to reach Level 6.

On the side of production we have Tatsuyuki Nagai directing who also worked on AnoHana, AnoNatsu, Toradora and season one of Railgun. At least he has a somewhat decent track record of titles. Most of the cast returns to revive their roles with Rina Satou (Haruka from Minami-Ke Tadaima), Kanae Itou (Sena from HaganaiNEXT), Arai Satomi (Shiroyasha from Mondaiji), Aki Toyosaki (Momo from ToLoveRu Darkness) and finally Nobuhiko Okamoto (Rin from Ao no Exorcist). Sadly, we have to wait until April before we can see Misaka fire her railgun and kick some ass! Maybe Touma will appear to add some romance? Just kidding…

I’m somewhat excited to get the second season of Railgun, even though I’m not quite through the first season yet. But hearing that it’s going to focus on the Accelerator storyline does give me a little pause, because as far as I’m concerned, the less they have to do with anything related to Index, the better. I’ll be hoping that the storytelling stays more on the Railgun side of the universe and away from the Index side.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel



Genre(s): Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Original Work: Koushi Tachibana (novel)
Producers: AIC PLUS+
AIR DATE: March 30, 2013
Episodes: 12
Director: Keitaro Motonaga

Seiyuu: Show ▼

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Welcome to the everyday life of Itsuka Shido, a seemingly normal highschool boy, who was just about to end his spring holidays without much event that an explosion wrecks havoc with his life. A girl in armor appears before him, who he later finds out to be a part of “Spirits”, the cause of mysterious phenomenon called spacequake. This was not the only cincher of his day, as he further discovers his own sister-in-law, Kotori, to be the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk. She recruits him to seal the Spirits’ powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. Though, to do that he has to roleplay Keima and make her fall in love with him…

So, in the end the main character has to date a bunch of super powered girls that wear mecha suits before they get mad and blow up the world? Whoa that setup sounds a lot like a shounen version of School Days to me, but hopefully the main dude doesn’t piss them off and receive a nice boat ending right?! I was instantly interested in Date a Live because of that amazing looking trailer; however, I will try my best to not hype it up so much…. Aside from the storyline, this series reminds me of Kore wa zombie, Index and Infinite stratos all rolled into one because Kore wa zombie had a mixture of all kinds of supernatural themed characters and Date a Live has a hint of science vs magic bringing in some Index elements. Of course, Infinite stratos is a dead give away especially when you have several girls flying around with those robot leg things attached to them.

This is being directed by Keitaro Mononaga, whose work includes Jormungand S1-S2 and a fitting School Days! Oh man the main character is so freaking screwed! Speaking of main characters we have Nobunaga Shimazaki (Kaito from AnoNatsu), Ayana Taketatsu (Suguha from Sword Art Online), Marina Inoue (Yozora from HaganaiNEXT) and finally Iori Nomizu (Kurousagi from Mondaiji). So, this series looks quite interesting and I can’t wait to see how the main character manages to date all these girls to stay alive hahaha.

This series has been getting a lot of hype, but I’m always interested in a series that has Marina Inoue in it, and it’s a bonus when it’s got Aya Endou also. Plus, I’m a sucker for dating shows, so we’ll see if it can capture not only the ‘end of the world’ magic, but also some romance.

possibly blogging // Foshizzel + Highway

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161 Responses to “Spring Anime Catalogue 2013”

  1. Jrow says:

    Mecha’s making a comeback this season!

    Great job on the preview team, and cool to see our new people contributing to the big catalogue. 🙂

    Really looking forward to…
    -Attack on Titan (“award-winning” mangas typically translate to good anime)
    -Gargantia (I’m a Butcher Gen fan)
    -Samurai Bride (enjoyed season 1 a lot)
    -Railgun S (I didn’t think Railgun was really all that good, but this series and arc might be a good one)
    -Devil Survivor 2 (another Shin Megami Tensei series)
    -Red Data Girl

    Though we have to wait till later this year or early next, a nice crop of movies. Steins;Gate should be fun and that Shinkai movie with that amazing rain porn.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I know right? Giant robots are back in style! I need something to get over my disappointment of E7AO/Gundam AGE’s final arc and my loss of Aquarion EVOL…

      Attack on Titan looks amazing and I heard great things from the manga fans, but I fear with the director from Guilty Crown in the mix I hope he doesn’t wreck this series with all the hype surrounding it or did he learn from his past mistakes? I hope so~

      RAAAIILLGGGUUNNNZ! I am watching s1 and I can honestly say that I was surprised at all the yuri-ish fanservice that happens in the first two episodes alone! We had two shower scenes and one episode spent 10 mins talking about various styles of pantsu with Kuroko? Not that it is a BAD thing I just want to see if s2 can avoid that mindless stuff and push a story, but we shall see xD

      • skylion says:

        Attack on Titan features a much different series composition steward than GC had. Kobayashi Yaskua. Looks like she has written for Death Note and Shana, and has done composition for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; which has great pacing. Remember, the guy that did for GC did Seikon no Qwaser 2……

      • Jrow says:

        It seems our rule for Minitalks will continued to be followed with Gargantia: There must be Mecha in it. 🙂

  2. Hime says:

    Can’t wait for Vassalord, the PV was quite delicious!

  3. Liza says:

    Really surprised by the amount of mecha this season.

    I have so many that I want to watch(29 series), it’s insane.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Whew, well that’s a relief for me then. After listing the anime for this season, I’ve come up with a total of 19 animes to watch. My schedule is going to be tight.

      • Highway says:

        I haven’t even bothered to count. I was looking at shows to blog, and was getting up close to double digits (which is just ludicrous, I can’t blog more than like 4 shows). And I might break 20 watching again this coming season (finish up 23 from Winter).

      • skylion says:

        I got up to 18 with at least three short series. I had 22 with four shorts; with at least seven carry overs from ’12.

        • Highway says:

          23 included 5 shorts and 6 carryovers. Of the shorts, some were good (Yama no Susume, Mangirl), some were atrocious (Ishida to Asakura, Ai Mai Mi), and Senyuu was somewhere in the middle.

          • Karakuri says:

            What?! No Inferno Cop?! Highway, you need to watch Inferno Cop though I don’t know if satire is your thing.

            • Overcooled says:

              I second what Kara says. Inferno Cop is great, although it depends on what your sense of humour is.

            • Highway says:

              It depends on the satire. Some is great, some is tedious, and I couldn’t tell you which it would be before seeing it.

          • Muir says:

            I don’t know if missed it or not on some old post, but congratulations to joining the Metateam ^v^ will you still be doing SushiGoKart? (I was lurking there~)

        • Muir says:

          I’m going to watching every series’ episode one like I did last season *^* I’m really to face the carnage. Also, I will be spamming this everywhere. AIURA FOR THE SECOND COMING OF NICHIJOU. COMEDY FTW

    • Foshizzel says:


      Wooooooo! That is a lot, but I always try a bit of EVERYTHING anyway and slowly weed out the ones I don't want or lost interest in, with the winter season I dropped about four things because they got kind of boring >.<

      • Liza says:

        My friends always wonder how in the world I do it and I’m not even sure half of the time. A lot of time management goes into this. XD However usually a couple get dropped due to the first episode being boring and such so my actual watching will probably be around the ~22-26 range.

        • Kyokai says:

          I know where you are coming from. Had the same schedule for the last two years. Only recently (since Winter), I’ve reduced by watch-list to around 15.

    • akagami says:

      I salute you ma’am. I thought my lists were bad enough, but you put me to shame.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    It’s Spring again!! Has it really been a year since Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and the first half of Jormungand came out? Damn, time sure does fly and but doesn’t feel like it.

    This is shaping up to be a good seasonal line-up with promising new anime and long awaited sequels. Winter wasn’t bad but it didn’t meet expectations either save a few exceptions like Mondaiji. Spring season usually has a good reputation where entertainment is concerned so I’ll have my fingers crossed again hoping there will be something to fill the holes in my heart.

    Those in my sight are:
    Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
    Suisei no Gargantia
    Devil Survivor 2
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W: It’s that time again to play that game “Spot the reference”.
    Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Bride
    Dansai Bunri: A fetish for cutting hair? LOL That sounds like that bad guy from the Charlie’s Angels movies who’d cut the hair from girls and start sniffing it. Sure, it sounds weird but so were shows like Ben-To and that turned out alright.
    Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S: More Biri biri. More Kuroko. More Kuroko stalking Biri biri and Biri biri punishing Kuroko.
    Date a Live
    Hataraku Maou-sama!
    Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
    Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
    Red Data Girl

    The ones on my maybe list:
    Ginga Kikoutai: Magestic Prince
    Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave)
    Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai: Haven’t seen the first season but hey, I’ve sequels of shows like Minami-ke and To LOVE-Ru so I’ll give it a shot.
    Photo Kano
    Arata Kangatari

    New bloggers have arrived. Greetings to the fresh meat and the not so fresh meat. Nice to meet you, Sumairii. So Highway is part of the Meta Team. That explains why he disappeared from the top 15 commenter’s list. So I get to tackle some of his posts, huh? Nice. So be it!! *grin*

    • Highway says:

      I was waiting to see if you guys would say anything. 🙂

      I’m really excited to be writing and look forward to getting tackled… wait… maybe that’s not what I should say.

      • Karakuri says:

        Careful Highway, you might get anaaga on a shipping spree again. xD

        • BlackBriar says:

          Quick! Stop him before she catches on or it will be the end of everything! 🙂

      • BlackBriar says:

        I’m really excited to be writing and look forward to getting tackled… wait… maybe that’s not what I should say.

        Poor choice of words, my friend. We don’t want to alert Metanorn’s legendary Yaoi fangirl, now do we? Or any other fujoshi for that matter. Plus, I gotta consider what my master, Overcooled, would think of it.

        • skylion says:

          :::whistling at the sky::

          • BlackBriar says:

            Hehehehe, you should be more wary, Skylion. Whistling isn’t going to help. You’ve already been shipped with Highway once before. There’s no telling how far it will go this time.

      • skylion says:

        …you said it, I’m doing it, this is your only warning 🙂

        Good going, Highway, teach them whipper-snappers a thing or two. Course, all the young fillies like that there BL, so you have more ‘en yer peck o trouble….

    • Foshizzel says:

      Attack on Titan, Suisei no Gargantia, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Date a Live, Valvrave the Liberator and Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai! All great choices BB

      Yep a new season and new blood! Things are getting exciting on Metanorn xDD

    • Muir says:

      I think you should add Aiura to that list ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) eh?

      • BlackBriar says:

        I’ll take that suggestion into consideration though there’s no guarantee I’ll watch it. There are so many others that have taken up most of my free time.

        • akagami says:

          Do it! It’s only 5 minutes! 5 minutes of MOE-CHARACTER-OVERLOAD. Oh, and it has comedy.

  5. BlackBriar says:

    PS: There seems to be a problem. From my end, the Outcast’s lair section is linked to that of Winter 2013’s catalogue.

  6. skylion says:

    You know, Winter 2013 wasn’t all that bad; dat Thursday line-up!

    Things ,off the cuff, that I anticipate: The S2’s.

    These top my list, cause I’ve been really wanting to see them all. I only wish KyoAni could have gotten Chuunibyou S2 ready. Contract Renewed!

    I really want to see exactly how much the cast of Oreimo can break themselves horribly. It’s like a soap opera of awful people (and some very nice people as well) being dreadful to each other; and it’s good stuff.

    I thought Railgun had a great beginning, an average middle, and a paint by numbers ending. Typical really, but I do enjoy the characters very much.

    ….and I, of all people, don’t have to say a word about my favorite alien/outer god/genki girl do I?

    • Foshizzel says:

      Oreimos, railguns and Nyarukos OH MY! Good choices~

      Yep you have a bright future Skylion with S2 of Chu2koi in the works! I am curious to see how that goes down, but from what I gather on G+, Twitter and youtube a lot of KyoAni fans feel other backlog shows need a s2 before Chu2koi aka Hyouka? I will watch it either way because there are some loveable characters watch.

      Railgun s2: I hope we get less perv moments with Kuroko and more action/story/world building! Don’t get me wrong I mean I love when Kuroko goes full yuri mode for Misaka because those are some of the best laugh out loud moments; however we need a good story this time or we will have Index syndrome aka 2 full seasons and a movie and another season after? Although I would LOVE a movie eventually.


      • skylion says:

        This is Rika Takanashi, the other KyoAni fanbois can sit and stew. When a middle aged man demands more Rika…..he gets more Rika.

        …..and that is going in places I might not intend. 🙂

        I think the best mix for Railgun would be to just brute force the hell out of it. The amount of destruction and awesome that just Misaka and Kuroko together can bring would be great to animate and watch. Then you add Saten-san with her devil may car attitude and Uriha, with the often over looked ability to keep anything she holds at a constant temperature…..the sky is the limit!

      • skylion says:

        Spammy increasing my count again…

        • BlackBriar says:

          Using Spammy for dirty work, huh? How is Highway going to feel about this?

          • skylion says:

            ….the comment he stole still isn’t back yet. So I guess Highway may be up to some shenanigans?

            • Highway says:

              Don’t look at me. The comment a couple days about him mocking me? That’s cause I can now *see* my comments caught in the spam filter, but not approve them. I’m still new around here.

      • Hiss13 says:

        Railgun S is going to be the Sisters Arc adapted from the Railgun manga Volumes 4-7. As such, there will be less Kuroko perv moments (there were none in the manga), more Touma, and of course…ITEM’s anime debut!!!

  7. skylion says:

    Spammy doesn’t like it when I am long winded…

    • BlackBriar says:

      He’s telling you to go out in small bursts. Being long winded seems to trigger a penalty.

      • skylion says:

        Just increase my post count, IOW? I mean, I’m in second place now thanks to the DEATH OF HIGHWAY THE COMMENTOR!

        …cute wittle phoenix comes from out the ashes, thou.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Pfft, hahahaha!! Funny, I seem to recall calling Highway a phoenix on one of Fosh’s posts because he was climbing up the ranks so fast. His commenting count was monstrous but awesome. It’s going to be interesting now that he’s a Metanorn blogger.

  8. skylion says:

    Other stuff:

    Big Mecha in Little Paradise. Butcher Gen and P.I.G.? This could go in so many directions, so the ride aught be fun.

    A Cat, a Girl, and a Horny Guy. I’m a big fan of the original illustrator, and I have actually followed the manga to an extent. I looks fairly typical, but the RomCom thing calls to me like Siren Peter Griffen luring sailors to their doom humming the theme to the Rockford Files…

  9. Hoshi says:

    ~Dang, Spring season is going to kick some serious ass. (So sad I won’t be able to blog anything this season ;;)

    I know I’m definitely checking out Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru and Devil Survivor 2 after reading their manga adaptions. Aku no Hana, Attack on Titan (though I hate post-apocalyptic settings), and Karneval also seem quite interesting.

    Gah, I need to see Otona Joshi no Anime Time! Josei has become one of new favorite genres and it’s sad that not enough of them are animated…

    • Foshizzel says:

      D’awwww enjoy your break this season! I hope we see some comments from you <3

      Nice list! I plan on giving all of those shows a test run even Karneval, but we shall see I always try to give those "otome" looking shows a trial run I survived 3 episodes of Amnesia and the entire season of Arcane Familiga...

    • Highway says:

      Hoshi, I really recommend making the time. I was really pleased with the first two episodes (of the 3 this season). A really different feel, and because they’re one-shot stories, there’s none of the teasy spinning out that often frustrates me so much with josei. They just tell a good story.

  10. Foshizzel says:

    IT HAS BEEN DONE! Thank you to everyone on the team that helped make this happen and highfive to the graphic artists, but as a side note I can’t wait to work with Highway and Sumairii this season! SO WELCOME TO THE TEAM BROS!

    • joojoobees says:

      Oh, yeah, and good job on putting together such a massive preview compendium. It must have been a lot of work!

      • skylion says:

        Yeah, every season I marvel at how clean and easy everything is to look at an navigate. Kudos.

      • Foshizzel says:

        @Joojoobees: Thank you! and we almost ran out of time hahah

        @Skylion: Thank you! These always take a while to build up and gather info, but in the end it is worth it to spread the news of new anime~

    • Highway says:

      Thanks, Fosh, I’m super stoked about it too.

      And what he said: Great job to everyone putting it together, with awesome graphics and navigation. It really was an experience to work on.

    • Ness says:

      Yeah, we barely got this out in time again. Mainly my fault with last minute procrastination. You know I can get this done within 3 days if all the info is in heheh but life is a biatch. But we do it and get it out and after it’s all done, we can relax for a bit (and I can disappear to behind the shadows again for a little buwahhaha).

      Glad to see Highway and Sumairii contribute a lot on this. Surprised actually to see so much input from them in so short of a time. Good job and especially for keeping the IRC alive heheh :3

      OF COURSE, thank you Fosh for your dedication. Because we all know that Fosh is Metanorn. XD

  11. joojoobees says:

    I’m intrigued by Hataraku Maou-sama; I hope it is more of a Comedy than a Rom-Com, though.

    Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Yeah! I thought the first “season” was very interesting, and have already watched the first of this season’s three episodes. I like the fact that the characters have very different problems to deal with than protagonists in typical anime.

    I did watch the first two webcasts of Red Data Girl, and it already looks great despite the low resolution. The story is developing in an interesting way, too. Definitely will watch.

    Not sure why you didn’t include the remake of Yamato, but I am all over that.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hataraku Maou-sama: Same here I hope it is on the comedic level of Nichijou and Nichibros? I wouldn’t mind that and the hints of romance might make it interesting.

      Yeah I saw the first episode of RDG, but I have not seen the 2nd episode! I feel it is going to be a very slow series and that has me worried…I guess I should try it anyway.

      Oooooh I think only Anaaga blogged that originally with the OVA/Movie releases? I plan on checking it out! JoeAnimated said it was a good idea to watch the tv series version.

    • Muir says:

      Hataraku Maou is pretty nice XD The Maou Satan, now called Maou Sadao works ad WgRonald’s, and the Yuusha Emilia, now Yusa Emi, is an office lady!! hahaha

    • Kyokai says:

      @JJB, Otona was pretty interesting and like Maou-sama! a lot more than I expected.

      About Yamato, it’s been running since last two seasons (which we then covered) so no point of covering a continued series.

  12. skylion says:

    I think the biggest shows I’m look forward to is Date a Live and Red Data Girl.

    The second is another piece from the awesome P.A. Works; Another, Tari Tari and my much beloved Hanasaku Iroha stand way ahead in my favorites for the technical stuff, and I love the stories.

    Date A Live, however, just looks like my kind of insane storytelling stew. Mechs, fighting girls, mind blowing battles, a yandere girl with a clock in one eye, usagi lolis, and supernatural oddness….can’t wait…

    • Foshizzel says:

      Date a Live: When I saw that original trailer I was like OH MY GOD THIS looks awesome! That and it reminds me of a mecha-ish version of Mondaiji! I mean we have lots of supernatural elements mixed in with advanced tech battle suits or would this be more of a mechanized Kore wa zombie desu ka? Either way…

      • skylion says:

        Mechanized Zombie-Kar? Desu?

      • Karakuri says:

        I’m actually really excited for Date A Live’s soundtrack. Everything I heard in the previews, I liked.

      • Muir says:

        Date A Live is awesome. Mechas are mainly on the side of the AST (Anti Spirit..Team? I think..I don’t remember ._. It’s been a while since I last read the previous volume) but some of the Spirits have some mecha looking armor huehuehue

        Supernatural, Astrology-ish referencing Religion (I think Hebrew), Action, Harem, Semi-Mecha, and FULL OF WIN

  13. KLACMAN says:

    well give spring anime i got in my radar to watch

    Zettai Bouei Leviathan
    Sparrows Hotel
    Namiuchigiwa No Muromisan
    Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko

    besides give i’m only checking on them.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Zettai Bouei Leviathan: Looks interesting I will give it a shot! Seems Hanazawa Kana is doing less in the spring? Oh and Hentai Prince will pop up on MetaFAP xD

      • KLACMAN says:

        well yea those 4 got me hmm

        Zettai Bouei Leviathan got dragon girls in it & cast list i’m might hook on it.

        Sparrows Hotel – a new front desk worker at the titular Sparrow’s Hotel. She’s notable for her large breasts and for being a skilled assassin with Minori Chihara?

        Namiuchigiwa No Muromisan – mermaid anime yet design could be fun to watch make more ha ha than my bride is a mermaid with ironic twist both series have same male lead voice in it (yea seem casting cag for Takahiro Mizushima to be in mermaid anime)

        Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko – yuki kaji in anime being the perv oh please channel issei all over again with combo pair of Yui Ogura & Kaori Ishihara oh well let see it.

  14. PrimeHector says:

    What is the main character of Devil Survivor 2’s name? Unlike Persona i don’t remember him having a default name.

  15. zztop says:

    How does the airtime of an anime series reflect its Japan target audience and demographic?

    Like what is the difference between the audience demographic who watch anime airing between 11pm-2am and beyond(aka Karneval and Devil Survivor 2), and the audience who watches the 9.30am, 5pm and 7pm anime(aka Danchi Tomoo,Uchuu Senkan Yamato, and Mushibugyou).

    What about viewers who watch the 8pm to 10pm anime(like Suisei no Gargantia, Sparrows Hotel, Aku no hana)? What group would they fall into?

    Any enlightnenment would me much appreciated.

    • skylion says:

      That is a incredibly interesting, and no doubt, complex question. And…arm-chair sociologist that I am, I would love to delve into it. But, since I live in the US Eastern Time Zone, it isn’t something that I find effects me much.

      I did try, many seasons ago, to try to keep up with when the shows hit Japanese airwaves, and did a little bit of math to figure out what time that where I live. “Oh, I’m asleep when that comes on”, or “Oh, I’m out hunting polar bears when that show comes on….I live in crazy town” It ended up not effecting when I would watch them, which was whenever I could dig an hour or so into my daily schedule, and more important, didn’t effect how much I enjoyed them or not.

      But I give props, it’s still a good question, cause those demographics in Japan do affect what we ultimately watch.

    • Karakuri says:

      Uhhh all I know is that the late night stuff is usually the overly violent or sexualized stuff. Devil Survivor for sure will be overly violent since it involves a ton of people dying (being the apocalypse and such) and some tougher moral themes. From what I’ve seen, Aku no Hana fits in there too due to it’s darker depiction of society. …Not a clue about the others.

      I’d assume that the later you go, the older the intended audience. I don’t know if gender is considered into this at all since I’m pretty sure Karneval has a lot of BL hints and I’m fairly sure that DS2 would be considered seinen.

      • Highway says:

        And then apparently Kanokon was a morning show, which goes to show that some things just defy explanation.

        • belatkuro says:

          And so is HSDxD. Though I believe AT-X is a cable channel so you’ll have to pay to get it so it’s not as accessible to others like the other channels.
          I dunno, I’ll have to look more into this.

  16. PrimeHector says:

    Yeah it is. All the other characters are your party members.

  17. belatkuro says:

    Been very busy with Infinity Moment so I haven’t dropped by.

    The new season is certainly diverse with the genres but quality-wise, I feel it’s a step down from last year’s lineup, though it does seem better than the previous season(Winter).

    Because I’m only carrying over Hunter x Hunter(and I like to make myself suffer by watching a lot of shows OTL), I’ll be picking up a lot of shows. My initial count is 20 shows but that will probably increase when the shows start airing(and gets subs).

    The show I’m looking forward to is definitely Shingeki no Kyojin. The PV really looks awesome and the Titans look so hideous. Though with me having read the manga and already know the plot and the secrets, it’s going to be interesting to see this in a new lens, especially regarding the Titans.

    Railgun is the next show I’m looking forward to. Having delved into the Indexverse so much(I’m caught up with the volumes of the LN), I couldn’t leave out Railgun. And yeah, it’s the Sisters arc. Can’t wait for more Misaka and possibly animating a character I instantly liked when she appeared.
    Though having read the source materials of Index and Railgun, I think I can say that people who like the latter are probably only anime-only viewers. There’s really a lot more to Index than Touma’s blabbering and Railgun is just the same as Index in the feel not just the SoL that it seems(and probably the thing that people liked). I blame the anime adaptations of the two.

    This is getting long though so I’ll stop now. I’ll be sure to check out most of them.

    tl;dr Looking forward to the new season and the new writers.

    • D-LaN says:

      Did some1 say SAO Infinity Moment!? All of my love. Care to gimme details? :3

    • akagami says:

      Second that. If it came out in NA on the PS3 I would buy it in a blink. I don’t have a PSP/Vita =(

  18. Irenesharda says:

    I’m interested in Devil Survivor 2, Attack of Titans, and maybe Karneval. This season seems slow as well but I’ll give these three a try.

  19. Sumairii says:

    Greetings, friends. In case you’ve never heard of me, and odds are you haven’t, I’m that “fellow blogger” that Highway might have mentioned a few times before. Now, we’re both still fellow bloggers; just for a different site.

    Spring season brings a deluge of new shows, and I’ve got far too many of them on my plan to watch list. But what’s an anime fan without his anime? Wait, don’t answer that question. In any case, I look forward to a great time with you all, staff and reader alike. Just try to be gentle, ok?

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hello Sumairii! WELCOME TO METANORN BRO!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Greetings Sumairii! As one of Metanorn’s regular commenters, I look forward to your posts starting this season. This is going to be fun.

      But what’s an anime fan without his anime?

      It’s anime that gives the viewer the right to call themselves an anime fan. Nothing less than that is permitted.

    • Kyokai says:

      Gentle? Muhawahahahahaa. You joined the wrong team, Suma. ^___~

      Someone show him the door of Meta HQ’s dungeons

    • Gecko says:

      Hello hello! Looking forward to see you joining the team 🙂

  20. Jay says:

    Eri Kitamura is maintaining her busyness with Karneval, Zettai Bouei Leviathan, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W and Zettai Bouei Leviathan

    KitaEri is busy indeed.

    • Kyokai says:

      Indeed, she’s busy. I missed Danbōru Senki Wars, which I’ve added now.

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