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?
One of the trends in anime that I haven’t been a fan of is the shorter episode length anime series because I have yet to see one stand alone series that has really been all that good. Now, some of these types of series that functioned as cute DVD/BD extras like the Mini Sengoku Basara series or the Shana-tan series or supplementary side material to a larger series like KyoAni’s Chuu2 Lite series were excellent but that was because they worked with a full length series that viewers were already familiar with. I think the problem partially stems from the increased difficult of telling a story in such a brief window of time.
I would like to see my assertion disproved because I think there should always be an exception to the rule but I still haven’t found it and the stack of disappointment just keeps growing. Will this season finally feature a good stand alone shorter episode length anime or will my waiting continue?
In my seasonal preview I noted that the only reason I was going to give Hataraku Maou-sama a chance came from the fact that White Fox was animating it and I wasn’t willing to bet against an animation studio that placed their last three works in my yearly top 10 anime lists. I wasn’t terribly excited about it’s prospects because it was sold as a comedy and the director was the one who took one of the funniest anime franchises – Minami-ke – and presided over a season of Minami-ke that somehow just barely made the mildly amusing level.
So, with much trepidation, I queued the first episode up and hoped for the best.