Winter 2013 Anime Season First Looks

It’s been quite a while since I last did something like this- for the last half-year or so I’ve just not had the time to watch very much anime, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of a point in doing this. Granted, I don’t have a whole heck of a lot more time now- but I do miss occasionally getting to do some writing, so figure I can at least talk about the few shows I have managed to check out. In addition to these new shows, Robotics;Notes and Bakuman 3 are continuing on, and I’m of course still watching them. Space Brothers is as well- but I’m a season and a half or more behind on it sadly, with no sign of being able to catch up in the near future.

Anyway, here’s the new shows…

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Spring 2012 Anime Season Primer for the Non-Anime Fan

I figured that this might be useful since a good number of my friends who can see/read my posts are probably scratching their heads at a good number of my posts/tweets that are related to the anime that I’m currently watching (primarily shows that are airing now in Japan). I figured it would also be interesting and fun to try and explain/describe them without making comparisons to other anime or anime terms like I tend to do- so any that I use will be defined.

WARNING: This isn’t short. At all. Remotely. Consider yourself warned.
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Spring 2012 Anime Series: The First Batch

Well, it’s time for a new anime season already. Here’s the batch that I’ve watched through so far… sadly I’m WAY behind- because of an anime convention, ironically…
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Ash’s Anime Reviews: (Winter 2012) Ano Natsu de Matteru / Waiting in Summer

Ano Natsu de Matteru/Waiting in Summer (12 episodes, Streamed on CrunchyRoll.com)

Not too long ago, when a new season started up, I would sit down and watch the first episode of EVERYTHING that I could and then decide what to stick with and what to drop. These days, I’m a lot choosier about what I’ll even watch the first episode of- but I do try and keep an eye on the buzz about shows I initially passed on in case I miss something good. It was into that category that AnoNatsu fell- I initially thought it looked too generic, but was surprised by just how much praise it was getting on the forums and decided to check it out- and was surprised to find that it ended up one of my favorites of the season.
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Ash’s Anime Reviews: (Fall 2011/Winter 2012) Bakuman Season 2

Bakuman Season 2 (25 episodes)

With their first serialized work starting to run, Takagi and Mashiro have their work cut out for them trying to keep it up in rank and competing with their friends and fellow manga artists. But life has plenty of challenges for them to face in both their professional and private lives as health and relationship issues test both Ashirogi Muto and the other artists and editors they encounter…
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Ash’s Anime Reviews: (Winter 2012) Another

Another (12 episodes, streamed on CrunchyRoll.com)

When Sakakibara Kouichi returns to his mother’s hometown, his is hospitalized before he can start at his new school, meeting a mysterious girl while in the hospital. When he is well enough to start going to school, the girl he met- Misaki Mei- is in his class, but there’s something very odd about things in his class including that nobody seems to see or notice Mei. And that’s before people start dying…

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Ash’s Anime Reviews: (Winter 2012) Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-Ne (first cour)

Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-Ne (12 episodes, Streamed by Viz Anime/Hulu)

In an indeterminate time, presumably not too far in the future, in Kamogawa, Japan the overly-energetic and over-talented Madoka is the sole member of the Jersey Club- filling in and helping everyone who needs it. So when a mysterious girl shows up and asks for her help to pilot a robot, what can she say except, “Yes…”
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Ash’s Anime Reviews: (Winter 2012) Black★Rock Shooter on TV

Black Rock Shooter on TV (8 episodes, streamed by NicoNicoDouga)

I can’t think of a single media franchise with as bizarre and varied of a history as that of Black Rock Shooter (BRS). Stemming from an original illustrating by Huke, it inspired a song by Supercell (now one of the current hot musical groups who was responsible for what is arguably my favorite AniSong of all time, Bakemonogatari’s “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” ED Theme) with a music-video, has become a massive figure franchise, spawned an OVA, and has now been adapted into an 8-episode TV series.
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Winter 2012 Anime Reviews: Nisemonogatari

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Winter 2012 Anime: A Mid-Season’s Reflection

Rounding the corner and heading into March, the Winter 2012 Anime Season is now solidly half over. Overall, I’d say it’s a pretty strong and fun season, but read on for more detailed thoughts on the individual shows. Since the vast majority (for once) are streamed, I’ll be going in general order of when they come out throughout the week, starting with Sunday.

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