The fourth and final anime series that I found myself picking up this season is the comedy series Sabagebu!. I was extremely leery of picking up another cute girls playing Airsoft anime after Gainax’s C3 Club crashed and burned. (Thus furthering the idea that Gainax is now a walking zombie, a cruel parody of what it used to be.) And I wouldn’t have except for this one weird fact I learned about Sabagebu!.
One of the reasons I keep chugging along with this blog is that it enriches my experience with anime. Yes, I sometimes feel forced to watch series I’d rather not – cough, cough SAO II – to stay aware; but, that’s more than balanced out by the positives. For example, a hesitant recommendation by a commenter on my summer season preview post convinced me to give the shoujo series Ao Haru Ride a shot.
Given the title of this post, I can’t pretend the result of this trial is a surprise but pretend anyways and read on to see if watching Ao Haru Ride ended in success or failure.
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.
Comparing the strength of a anime season to a prior or future season is an old game that people never seem tired of playing. The relevance of these comparisons is a game that’s just as old, though often played by a different set of people. I fall into the group that think these types of comparisons are a valid tool and I don’t mind using them.
In that spirit, let me say clearly and unequivocally that the winter season of anime was better and I miss it.
With that settled, let’s move on.
There are some bright spots this season and these will be what we focus on today. Read on to see a rundown of the best anime airing this season.
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.