Anime of Tomorrow
Spring 2013 Recommendations
I had unbelievably low expectations going into this season because the only titles I recognized from my previous experiences with anime, manga, games or image boards were Railgun, Devil Survivor, Samurai Bride and OreImo. Of those, only the first two filled me with optimism. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover spring 2013 to have a lot of gorgeous gems that I never expected to find.
A mecha story about a clash of cultures. I know this is going to be awesome because I keep rewatching every episode over and over again to soak up the writing, which masterfully interweaves the exposition of the beautifully expansive setting with moving the plot forward at a steady pace.
Mikoto Misaka is possibly one of the best designed characters in the history of anime. Proud but not boastful, rich but not extravagant, powerful but still humble, she was the centerpiece of an awesome story in her first season and I expect to see nothing less from the sequel.
A once powerful overlord brought low finds there’s more to life than he thought he knew. Humbled by the circumstances he finds himself in, will he be able to reform his ways or is his darker nature all there is to him?
Contrary to what other reviewers have said, this anime is not about magic scissors that can cut otherwise indestructible hair. It’s a delicate dance of opposites attracted to one another who create a beautifully poetic symmetry through their partnerships.
In a word…EPIC. In this world of vengeance it’s go big or go home as the last stronghold of mankind literally stands with their backs against the wall to fight what by all rights ought to be an insurmountable foe.
While not the most sophisticated of premises, applying dating game logic to real life yields some surprisingly comical interactions. But the real treat in this series is how well it manages to tell a story through the actions of the characters rather than having to walk the viewer through every detail.
The strength of some series lies in their art style, others have great music and still others have amazing writing. This show does respectably in the first three categories, but where it’s impressive is in watching its terrific cast of voice actors practice their craft.
There hasn’t been a really good moe anime since Acchi Kocchi, but this title is showing promising signs with its freshly endearing art style and story that randomly follows the daily lives of the trio of quirky girls that make up the primary cast.
On the surface this is just a pretty environment that is dominated by an ominous and foreboding atmosphere, but dig deeper and you’ll find it’s one of those tense stories where emotions run high and the ability of the writer to make the audience feel for the characters is paramount.
Zettai Boei Leviathan ∙ Devil Survivor 2 ∙ Samurai Bride ∙ Muromi-san ∙ My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU