Shaft may be my favorite anime studio, but it has been rather quiet from them lately which is weird considering how they usually create new series all the time.
This year we have only had Nisemonogatari and Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb, along with the two movie recaps of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Do not forget the special episode of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei for the Blu-ray box sets. We will also have Nekomonogatari Black airing on New Year’s Eve, a four-episode OVA.
These are all only established franchises! Sure, they did a wonderful short based on the video game Kid Icarus: Uprising, but that is not much by itself. I am not saying that sequels are bad, but I feel a bit disappointed when I used to never really know what to expect from Shaft.
Lesbian girls and cross-dressing boys? Pizza monsters? Magical girls with a twist? People living under a bridge? All of these were unexpected.
This is why I am happy that we in 2013 will have Magical Suite Prism Nana and Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, two completely new franchises, with the first one even being an anime original!
Perhaps we will even have more new things by Shaft next year. Because besides the two above-mentioned series, we only have the Kizumonogatari movie and, most likely, the third and final movie of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.
I really hope we get more from Shaft next year.
I want the unexpected.