Anime of Tomorrow
Summer 2013 Recommendations
With two sequels of garbage anime airing this summer in High School DxD New and Tamayura: More Aggressive as well as sequels of franchises I thought had been lost to the abyss of time like Genshiken, The World God Only Knows and Rozen Maiden, I didn’t have high hopes for this season. I’m pleasantly surprised to be wrong because there are some really fun and quirky titles that have made my watch list for summer 2013.
Based on this summer’s first impressions, there’s little doubt in my mind that Railgun is going to be far and above everything else.
In an oxymoronic way, I think the embodiment of this anime is, “if you can’t be happy, you should find ways to enjoy being miserable.” I absolutely love that kind of twisted logic and all the fresh ideas that come with it.
This comedic parody of Fate is doing a great job first and foremost because it knows it’s a magic girl anime and isn’t afraid to have fun with what was formerly some deadly serious intellectual property.
I didn’t expect that I would be able to put up with the really simple, somewhat gaudy art style used in this series. But the goofy premise is so ridiculous it just might work and the fast pace of the story that doesn’t miss a beat has sucked me in.
Ever since I came to Japan, every so often I encounter an anime that I could never have related to if I had not lived in this country with its unique perspectives.
It’s been so long since Genshiken’s last season I didn’t think another go at this franchise would be able to succeed. Boy was I wrong. Genshiken hasn’t missed a beat and I love it.
The next iteration of Nishio Ishin’s fabulous intellectual adventure has gotten off to a slow start, but there’s little doubt this will offer the same stimulation as its predecessors.
Another anime this season that hits really close to home and makes me wish I had had the drive to come to Japan earlier in my life.
Oh how the expectations have fallen. Still epic visually, but it has also become somewhat lost with its inability to consistently keep up a high standard of excellence story-wise.
I really like these shows that challenge us to rethink our stereotypes about gender roles. After all, is there really any reason why a girls’ school couldn’t have an airsoft club?
Hyperdimension Neptunia – Love Lab – Sunday Without God – Gatchaman Crowds – Fantasista Doll
The World God Only Knows: Goddesses – Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen