After a great 2012 it seems that we will have a slow start to the 2013 anime year. While there are some interesting series starting, as always, there is nothing “big” this season. The new year will start with a whimper, huh?
Personally, I will use this season to watch older series I have missed.
Winter 2013 Anime Previews – A Calm Season
Winter 2013 Anime Impressions – I Watch Too Much Anime
Winter 2013 Anime Mini Reviews – A Season Full of Meh and GJ-bu
If you want a more detailed preview, head over to “Random Curiosity – Winter 2013 Preview!“.
What to Watch
? Episodes | ? Genre | Cell Phone Novel | ? Studio | ? Airtime
This has probably been either cancelled or delayed, sadly. I was actually quite curious to see how a cell phone novel would work.
12 Episodes | Comedy, Romance | Light Novel | Shaft | Winter 2013
It is probably no secret by now that I am a fan of Shaft, so watching Sasami-san is a given for me. As for the actual series, however, I have no idea what to make of it. Just watch the PV:
I think Shaft got something weird up their sleeve as usual.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next
? Episodes | Comedy, Harem, Romance | Light Novel | AIC Build | Winter 2013
I think you are far better off watching this:
The only reason I am watching this second season is because, well, it is a sequel. The first season was boring and annoying, even if it had its moments (Meat). This time around the art seems more refined, so I really hope it will let Buriki’s character designs shine.
12 Episodes | Comedy, Slice of Life | Original | Kyoto Animation | Winter 2013
I have no clue if this will actually be a comedy and slice-of-life anime, but I am a shallow person who judges this anime by its look. This is K-ON! with wigs and about a food market instead of a light music club. And lo and behold, there will actually be some male characters this time around! Also a chicken.
In all seriousness, though, I actually wonder how Kyoto Animation will handle an original anime this time around. This does not seem to be much different from what they have done in recent years, so they should definitely be good at it by now. But who knows?
Cuticle Detective Inaba
12 Episodes | Action, Comedy, Mystery, Shounen | Manga | Zecxs | Winter 2013
A cuticle detective.
“Private Detective Hiroshi Inaba is an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people’s hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or colour of hair he eats.”
Yama no Susume
13 Episodes | Comedy, Slice of Life | Manga | 8bit | Winter 2013
The more I read about this, the more interested I become. This is apparently a series about mountain climbing, which sounds rather fun. Now, I seriously doubt it will do anything serious with the idea and that is more of an excuse to have cute girls doing uncommon cute things, but heck, I still like it.
But I am a bit sad to see that this will only have five minutes per episode. I think the mountain climbing premise really has me hooked, huh?
4 Episodes | Comedy, Ecchi, Supernatural, Talk | Light Novel | Shaft | Winter 2013
All episodes aired on New Year’s Eve and should be out in English any day now. This is more from the Monogatari series, more or less. I wonder how it will be compared to Nisemonogatari.
Kokoro Connect: Michi Random
4 Episodes | Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Supernatural | Light Novel | Silver Link | Winter 2013
As with the previous entry, all episodes should be out in the coming days. This is the fourth arc of Kokoro Connect that was saved for the DVD release, which I still find odd considering how people say that this is a vital arc in the series and a better fit for an ending than what we got earlier. Maybe Silver Link had hoped to increase their sales (which they, considering the scandal, surely did not)?
However lazy Kokoro Connect handled its wonderful ideas I would still call it a fun ride, if just for the ideas. So I have to admit that I am really interested in seeing how this arc will play out. In addition we will hopefully have a new great ending song!
If I Feel Like It
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
13 Episodes | Comedy, Romance, School | Light Novel | A-1 Pictures | Winter 2013
“My childhood and girlfriend fights too much”? If I want something really standard, I guess I will watch this. People, tell me if it is funny (in a bad way) after you have seen an episode or two.
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
? Episodes | Historical | Pachinko Game | TMS Entertainment | Winter 2013
This is based on a… pachinko game? With character designs from the guy who did them to Lupin the Third? I am seriously confused. It will probably be pretty dull, but man, I am curious. If it turns out to be good and not too long, then I will be sure to watch it.
? Episodes | Comedy | Light Novel | Dogakobo | Winter 2013
There is only one reason I put this here. It calls itself the “first four-panel novel”. At least admit that it sounds cool.
Ishida to Asakura
? Episodes | Comedy | Manga | Hotline | Winter 2013
Dude got a pencil up his nose.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
12 Episodes | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance | Light Novel | Arms | Winter 2013
One thought: the story is sounds grand and people have oddly enough compared it to Spice and Wolf (I do not really buy that comparison, but whatever).
Another thought: the studio is Arms who has done a lot of ecchi and hentai. The PVs also got… boobs.
Final thought: What the hell.
A Fabulous Anime
Star Driver the Movie
1 Movie | Action, Fabulousness, Mecha | Original, Recap | Bones | Winter 2013
Dazzling the stage!
Galactic Pretty Boy!
This recap movie will be absolutely fabulous and make our galaxies shine.