It hasn’t escaped my attention that when there is a genre of anime that I’m not a fan of there’s always a “but”. For example: I’m not a fan of magic girl series but my top anime of all time is Puella Magi Madoka Magica; I’m not a big fan of mecha series but my #2 top anime of all time is Gurren Lagann; I’m not a big fan of shoujo series but my #3 top anime of all time is Natsume’s Book of Friends; I’m not a big fan of sports anime but I love Cross Game and Chihayafuru (also a shoujo series) to death and recommend them whenever I can. Another example is idol shows – I’m not a fan but my #4 anime of 2012 was AKB0048.
The takeaway from this is, obviously, never make a blanket statement about any type of genre and to keep one’s mind open to trying something new (even if the chances remain high of disliking something). This thought ran through my mind after I heard something about Locodol that tweaked my interest and so, with a big sigh, I queued up Locodol to give it’s shot.
Now that I finished up with the spring season final impressions, it’s time to move on and begin focusing on the new anime of summer.
When I did the preview post for this season, about a month ago, I focused on series I thought would be the best. By and large these ten titles (nine, actually, Kantai Collection seems to be MIA) have performed as expected. Aldnoah. Zero has, indeed, been as good as I thought it could be and is sitting comfortably at the top. Free! Eternal Summer has been the closest to being a surprise from the list by being so much more enjoyable this time around.
Most of those anime have been given plenty of attention by everybody and there’s little point to piling on now; so, instead, I want to call attention to those anime series that I did not intend to watch but have and found pretty good. The first series is Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun or Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.
Cherry picking the best remaining anime series for the last first impressions post means there’s not much quality left for this post. Then again it’s a very rare season where the 17th through 21st series reviewed were actually good and this season will not be remembered for being that type of season. (Instead, it will be remembered for the handful of great and infamous series that aired.)
This post should conclude my spring 2013 season of first impressions. There were 2 more series that I wanted to watch – Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 and Danchi Tomoo – but no one seems interested in working on either. (Yamato 2199 has previously been shown in a spliced together movie format, which is a less desired format to me then as a weekly TV series, and I’ll have to settle for that one once I’m sure the TV series version won’t be a late pick-up by somebody.)
Looking at the 9 new spring series I have watched and still haven’t written a first impressions post for yet, I notice two distinct camps. The first are series that don’t evoke much of a response, either positively or negatively, and include three of the series I’ve dropped. If I can muster the energy I’ll write that first impressions post next. The second group of series are ones that I’ve liked but have needed some reassurance from the anime that it won’t go south later on. It’s this group of series that I’m going to pull from the pile of new series and write about here.
On one hand I’d like to be 100% correct when I pick which series I should include in my seasonal preview post. On the other hand I’m glad I’m not 100% accurate because there’d be no surprises left to discover. Thankfully, this season, like past seasons, have contained a few anime series that I initially completely passed over which turned out to be series worth watching.
You can probably guess what these anime series are, based on the long light novel style title above; so try to act surprised as you read on :) .
In my spring preview there were two series that I was going to try based on the recent success of the animation studio involved. One was Hataraku Maou-sama because of White Fox and it’s success shows why picking series by animation studio can be a good thing to ascribe too. The second series was Arata Kangatari. As the latest work from Satelight, will this anime go the route of Hataraku Maou-sama or will it go in some other direction?