Well, I suppose all good things must come to an end at some point. I remember starting off the spring anime season with a somewhat pessimistic attitude after thoroughly enjoying what the winter season had to offer. I honestly wasn’t expecting this season to be as good. I think the only shows I was really looking forward to at the time were Shingeki and the second seasons of Railgun and Oreimo.
I only started to really get into anime about a year ago. Back then I always loved marathoning a series since you never have to wait to see what happens next. However, as much as I love marathoning anime, I love having something to look forward to in the week. Now with the spring season over it’s time to start a new and scout out some new shows to pick up! However before I list off what shows I’m looking forward to this season, I want to share my top picks of the season.
Alright, let’s dive right into things. I won’t really talk much about the plot, as you can find a basic synopsis on MAL and that would make this post excessively long. If you want my top three picks, just skip down to the bottom.
Spring 2013 Anime Season Impressions
Shingeki no kyojin
The first series to discuss is the one that has received the most hype this season, Shingeki no Kyojin. The basic premise is that mankind was once nearly exterminated by Titans, with a small percent of the human race surviving by surrounding themselves with walls higher than the Titans. Humanity lived a peaceful life within the walls for over one hundred years, until one day a colossal titan appears, destroying the walls protecting mankind. Like a lot of people, this was one of the series that I was really looking forward to. I actually couldn’t wait for it to air, so I read a good chunk of the manga before it aired. I liked the manga so much that I actually ended up buying it on Amazon.
Now hype around a series does not necessarily mean that the show will be all that good. Looking back at Sword Art Online, the first episode generated a lot of hype, but in my opinion, the series went downhill after that. Luckily, that did not happen with Shingeki. I feel that the hype for the series is justly given. The story is great, the art style is wonderful, and the music is fantastic. As it stands right now on My Anime List (MAL), Shingeki no Kyojin is currently ranked 9th in terms of score. Definitely give this series a shot.
There are still another 12 episodes or so to air, so if you’d rather marathon it you can wait until it finishes then. Otherwise, go ahead and watch the first 13 episodes that are already out.
Oreimo (Season 2)
When I looked at the spring anime chart several months back and saw that the second season of Oreimo was on the list, I was reminded that I still hadn’t watched the first season. Boy was I glad I decided to watch the first season; I loved it. The story follows Kyousuke, a high school student who hasn’t gotten along with his sister in years. One day he finds a DVD case of anime series, with a adult game hidden inside. He mentions the anime series at dinner and later that night his younger sister Kirino bursts into his room. She brings him to her room and reveals to him her love of games and anime that she has kept a secret.
As you can guess I hoped that the second season would be just as good or even better than the first one. I definitely enjoyed the second season, but in my opinion, the first season is still better. I think the first season focused more on Kirino, while this season, more focus seemed to be placed on the other characters. That was fine with me, but I suppose that made the series seem a bit slower paced than the first. I will say that I didn’t really like the ending that much, however the OVAs in August will officially tie things off.
If you’ve watched the first season of Oreimo and enjoyed it, then obviously you should pick this up if you haven’t already. If you haven’t watched the first season yet, I suggest you go watch it right now!
To Aru No Kagaku no Railgun s (The second of railgun)
Just like Oreimo, I hadn’t seen the first season of Railgun when I saw the second season was going to airing in the spring. It had been on my watch list for a while, I had just never gotten around to watching it. Seeing it on the spring list gave me the final push to watch it. The story of Railgun follows the life of Misaka Mikoto, an esper in Academy City, a highly developed technological city. Although I found the first season to be slow at some points (somewhere towards the middle of the season), I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. That ending in the first season was badass.
So far, 12 episodes have aired in the second season of Railgun, with another 12 to come. Based on the 11 episodes I have watched thus far, the second season of Railgun seems to be even better than the first season. The second season covers the Sister’s arc, which I had found to be one of the most interesting portions of A Certain Magical Index. You see just how hard Misaka fights to put an end to the Sister’s Noise project.
Definitely pick this series up if you have the chance.
Date A Live
Harems: they lie in the dreams of all men. If there is a harem series airing, chances are I will pick it up. (I bet you can already figure out one of the series I’ll be watching this Summer season)
After the first episode I thought that the series looked like it was going to be somewhat average and forgettable. Yet, a few more episodes in and I was itching for a new episode to come out every week. I was actually willing to watch the crappy quality rips off of Nico that were released sooner each week; that’s how much I enjoyed the series. Take your standard harem, mix in a real life dating sim and girls called spirits and you have Date a Live.
The only complaint I have is that Kurumi (best girl) didn’t get that much screen time. If you love harem animes then this is a series that you need to watch!
Top Three Picks
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
I’ll be honest, I figured this would be another average school life anime series; nothing really great. After watching the first episode of the series, I was genuinely intrigued with it being close to the top of my watch list, but somehow I ended up stopping around episode three. I was constantly thinking “I need to watch this” but never actually got around to watching anymore than those three episodes. Then yesterday I decide that I would marathon the rest of it, seeing as how I was planning on writing about the spring season. And so, earlier today I watched the 10 episodes that I had left.
Was it worth it??? You bet it was worth it. All the posts about Yahari being a great series were correct. This is definitely as series I will not forget. The story centers around Hachiman, a social outcast who is forced to join the Service Club. I can sort of relate to Hachiman in a way. I’ve never been a socially outcast, but I can sometimes be a bit socially awkward. The dialogue is great, especially the interactions between Yukino and Hachiman, and I found myself really liking the art style. I don’t really why, but Yahari just feels like a breath of fresh air.
There is honestly just too much to say about Maou-sama. After watching the first episode, I knew that this series was going to be one of my favorites this season. The story centers around a Demon Lord who comes to Japan and ends up working at MgRonalds. That is literally all you need to read to know that you need to go watch this series right now.
I’ve seen a lot of comedy series, but this is perhaps the best one that I’ve seen in a while. This was another one of those series I was itching to see every week for my weekly dose of laughter. This is a must watch for anyone!
Suisei no Gargantia
Ah yes, another series that I was really enjoying at the beginning, but for some reason I stopped watching it at around episode 3 as well. A few days ago I marathoned the rest of Gargantia, and found myself enjoying it even more than I expected.
Take your standard mecha space fighting anime series and then drop the main character Ledo and his mecha Chamber on a now flooded Earth, where human race now lives on ships. Ledo who has lived a life of fighting is surprised at the peaceful world he sees before him. The story follows Ledo while he is on the fleet of ships known as Gargantia. That gives you a really rough idea of Gargantia is.
It’s hard for me to really explain just how much I enjoyed this series (also, I’m getting somewhat tired). I’ll just say that the world created in the series was absolutely stunning.
Well, that concludes my impressions of the spring season. I’ve decided to hold off on writing about what I’m looking forward to in the summer season until the end of the week. By then I’ll have watched the first episode of a good chunk of the series, and it’ll keep this post from being any longer. Feel free to let me know in the comments what your favorite series were and if you have any suggestions for ones I should watch (since I didn’t watch all of them). See you tomorrow for another post!