There is a TON of new shows airing this season, however as usual, around 80% of these are a waste of your time and bandwidth.
With this being the last season before the end of the year, it would seem 2013 has not been a very good year for anime at all aside from a few standout shows (but we’ll cross that bridge later in the year when I do my 2013 Best Of series)
As Usual, all of these shows have been judged only on the first 2 episodes (or if its been THAT traumatizing, the first episode only). If it aint on this list at all, I didn’t watch it.
‘I actually Look forward to these shows’ Tier
I already touched on this one a week or so back and after watching the second episode, I am only more pumped to see more. The art style is fantastic, and the episodes are fast, action packed, and insane. The humour in the show is also great, though I can’t help but wish the show on the whole didn’t have so much fanservice.
A surprise for me, AniDB didn’t actually have a whole lot of information on this one so I went in blind and was rewarded by an interesting tale of a nerd with a natural gift for biking, who meets with a cycling enthusiast. It’s set to be another zero to hero anime so somewhat cliche, but it’s been so long since I’ve seen a good one, I am happy to go along for the ride.
Speaking of Zero to Hero, Ace of the Diamond looks keen to replace Major as my sports show, I’m not entirely sure how I keep getting sucked into these baseball anime, maybe I just can’t dislike a good underdog story. The story is again, a cliche one, with our hero being scouted for his natural gift for pitching, he goes off to a new elite baseball school where I assume he’ll aim to go for nationals. It won’t be for everyone, but I loved all 6 seasons of Major so this is right up my alley.
Log Horizon is Sword Art Online but without the drama, where SAO made a big deal out of players being sucked into the universe and held hostage, Log Horizon’s players just fucking deal with it.
The main attraction for Log Horizon for me, is that it tries its best to stay true to what it would actually probably be like to be trapped in an MMORPG, there’s talk of classes, class specific skills, raid gear, even specification trees. It’s all somewhat fascinating to watch, and i’ll be keeping track of this one to see what else their universe holds.
‘I’ve already watched 3 hours of Running Man and need to waste more time’ Tier
Its ‘OK’, people fight using dolls and magical puppetry and he’s trying to get revenge or something.. idk.
Can be very quickly summarized by calling it ‘the anime version of Kick-Ass’, some guy wants to make a difference in the world and so dons a superhero costume to do vigilante work and promptly gets the shit kicked out of him. I’m interested in seeing where the story goes from here.
Kyokai No Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)
A story about demons in the real world and wardens or some shit. Im not sure. Made by kyoani so its kind of weird because you have this ‘serious’ fantasty story and then moeblob k-on characters.
Anime Nerd in the real world gets taken to a fantasy alternate universe to teach them all the wonders of manga and anime. Featuring tsundere ojou-sama princess and a maid. As the tier suggests, its watchable, but not particularly fantastic.
3 Sisters under attack from a mysterious organization, but why? Seems interesting but again, will have to wait and see..
‘Not bad, But certainly not good’ Tier
Love triangle story, its meh but at the same time more interesting than the other 2 shows in this tier. I might keep watching this one if i’m really bored.
Nagi no Asukara
Nice animation and art, but the story (a romance love triangle tale between mermaid and surface dwellers) is boring and actually irritating to watch.
White Album 2
A romance story which had a strong first episode ending, but very mediocre and somewhat boring 2nd episode, as a result im not sure where to put it…
If you’ve seen the previous seasons, then this is to let you know that they have a new season, you’ll already know what they are, so I wont bother talking about them much.
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! – Rising
Off to a weak start for now, but I have faith that Ippo and crew will show us a good fight.
Now with even more service than before. Who knew it was possible.