If you haven’t seen the Spring 2013 anime chart already, check it out here! Of the extensive list you just witnessed, these are the ones we’ll be keeping our eye on this season. What does your spring 2013 watch-list consist of?
Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization, “Circus”.
“I’m very excited to see a truly original and less predictable plot here. I’m captivated by the synopsis and definitely intrigued to find out more about this organization. The promos so far look very cool and the manga continues to get very good reviews on both plot and character devlopment, so I’m happy to give this one a chance. Eiji Suganuma is directing and Touko Machida (Amnesia anyone?!) is doing the scriptwriting, and I find that foundational crew to be very encouraging.
2. The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
Second year high school student, Youto Yokodera is always thinking about his “carnal desires” yet no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes and prays he will be able to express his lustful thoughts as he pleases. At the statue he encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his school who is hoping to hide her intentions more.
Light Novel-April 13
“This series is actually pretty highly-anticipated by Japan, the west and me! Even though it’s Youhei Suziki’s first time directing a full series, there are some veterans on board including Haruko Iizuka (Little Busters!, Inu x Boku SS) on character illustration and Michiko Itou (Okami-san) doing series scripts. The trailer indicates that this will be a cute, light-hearted and fun series with no shortage of laughs and lessons.”
3. Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 2000%
Nanami Haruka dreams of being a songwriter, and so she attends a prestigious performing arts school filled with beautiful bishounen. The school pairs each aspiring songwriter with an aspiring idol, but Haruka finds herself paired with 6! To make things more difficult, Haruka is forbidden from dating any of her beautiful partners.
Otome Game-April ?
“Okay so, I haven’t seen the first season of this series, but after following Amnesia all winter I don’t know if I can survive without an otome adaptation in my arsenal! What will I do without a group of dreamy boys all around me?! But seriously, the first season did very well, the franchise is doing great in Japan, and I see absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t look into this. And buy their dakimakura. Absolutely no reason.”
4. RDG Red Data Girl
The story revolves around Izumiko Suzuhara, a 15-year old girl who has been raised at Tamakura Shrine. Despite being shy, she wants to try living in the city. Her guardian Yukimasa Sagara recommends that she enroll at Hōjō High School in Tokyo accompanied by his son, and Izumiko’s childhood friend, Miyuki Sagara. While in Tokyo, an entity named “Himegami” appears. Izumiko learns that she is a yorishiro, a vessel for a Shinto spirit known as a kami, while Miyuki learns that he is a yamabushi, a warrior tasked with protecting her.
“Red Data Girl is my fantasy shonen pick for the season. You guys know what a sucker I am for Japanese lore, especially anything centering around Shintoism, so something like definitely peaks my interest. Also, Toshiya Shinohara (Inuyasha, Black Butler) is directing, and that’s comforting in and of itself. There hasn’t been a lot of news about it aside from a few promos and a tv ad, but from what I can see, the animation is nothing short of stunning. All the more reason to check it out.
5. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
In the distant future a young boy, Ledo, is raised in space knowing nothing but war, until he comes to Earth, a planet whose surface is nearly covered in water, where he witness the sea for the first time. On the vast seas with an aquamarine glow, people form huge fleets and live a humble, but happy life. Ledo is the only foreigner in this world with foreign customs and language, but he’s not alone. What can he do to make a living here? What should he live for now? His days on this verdurous planet will make him face those questions.
Original Anime-April 7
Talk and rumors of Gargantia have been floating around the anime circuit and gathering significant interest since fall of 2012, and it’s finally here! This is definitely my sci-fi/mecha choice for the spring season and I truly can’t wait to check it out. All of the promos and definitely the most recent trailer all indicate that this is going to be an awesome and well-rounded original series. They don’t come around often, and the amazing cast cannot be ignored. Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Hanaharu Naruka (Shojo Material) and Kazuya Murata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) will make a knock-out production team and give this series the chance at success it deserves.
6. Oreimo Season 2
Living on the shadow of his prodigious younger sister, Kyousuke Kosaka conducts a normal lifestyle until he accidentally finds out that she is an obsessive consumer of anime and eroge (adult computer games). After being assured that Kyousuke is committed to not mock her and keep this concealed from their parents, she starts to share a bit of her world with him. Kirino faces several problems as she tries to keep the appearances and balance her exemplar school life with her hobbies. Her brother then becomes a crucial ally while dealing with all the difficulties that lie ahead.
Light Novel-April 6
“There isn’t a ton to say about this one. Oreimo was easily one of the most successful series this past season, and for very good reason. I just finished season 1 and I wouldn’t miss season 2 for the world! Hiroyuki Kanbe will reprise his role as director with A-1 animating this time around. If you consider yourself any degree of otaku, you’d best tune in as well.”