Spring 2013 Preview

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Welcome to the second edition the Anime Audiolog Audio Season Preview! The spring season has just started, and we’re giving you the information you need to get right into the spring season. We cut out the fat, and focus on the shows you’re going to watch. So come check it out!

All descriptions are sourced from a combination of Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and My Anime List. You can find the season preview charts we use at:

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You can listen to the whole podcast, or just listen to our thoughts for each show as you scroll through. Enjoy!

Complete podcast:
Anime Audio Complete Spring 2013 Season Preview

Date A Live

Date A Live Preview

Description: Date A Live is a Japanese light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako. Thirty years ago a strange phenomena called a “spacequake” devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Shidō Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the “Spirits” who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits’ powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit, he must make her fall in love with him.

Studio: AIC Plus+

Director: Motonaga Keitaro, notables are Crest of the Stars, Jormungand, Jormungand Perfect Order, Katanagatari

Number of Episodes: 12

Notable Mentions: Lead Voice Actress is Yozora in Haganai. Male protagonist is voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki (Kaito in AnoNatsu), who is also in Photo Kano this season.

Things to Note: Director with lots of episode experience, not a lot of series experience. Voice actors and actresses have had a lot of bit parts in the past, but not a whole lot of lead roles.

RDG: Red Data Girl

Red Data Girl Preview

Red Data Girl

Description: The story is about a 15 year old girl named Izumiko Suzuhara. She was born and raised at Tamakura Shrine, and always destroys any electrical device she touches. She decides to try living in the city, and enrolls in Hōjō High School in Tokyo. With her are her guardians son and Izumiko’s childhood friend Miyuki Sagara. While she’s there, an entity called “Himegami” appears. She learns she something called a “kami” a vessel for a shinto spirit, while Miyuki is a “yamabushi”, a warrior meant to protect the “kami.”

Studio: P.A. Works

Director: Toshiya Shinohara

Notable Mentions: Saori Hayami (Ayase from Ore no Imouto) is voicing the female lead in this series, plus in Red Data Girl as Izumiko.

Number of Episodes: 12

Things to Note: The series is a novel adaptation. An ONA can be found on Niconico, and the first two pre-air episodes are out.

Karneval

Karneval Preview

Description: 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”!!

Studio: Manglobe

Director: Suganuma Eiji (Kodomo no Jikan)

Notable Mentions: Adapted from a Manga. Shimono Hiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, Miyano Mamoru as leads.

Number of Episodes: 12

Things to Note: Adapted from a josei manga, so it may not be what you expect.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru Preview

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Description: Also known as “My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected”, is adapted from a Japanese light novel series written by Wataru Watari and illustrated by Ponkan8. This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, They’re a bunch of liars. When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, Not working. A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.

Studio: Brain’s Base

Director: Yoshimura Ai

Notable Mentions: Hayami Saori and Yuuki Aoi lead this series up.

Number of Episodes: ??

Things to Note: Yanagi Nagi is doing the opening.

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Preview

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Description: Adapted from a Japanese arcade game, and also found as a manga, The franchise takes place in a world where Prism Shows, performances that are a combination of singing, dancing, fashion, and ice skating, are popular. The skaters, known as Prism Stars, use Prism Stones to coordinate their dresses and perform Prism Jumps to appeal to their fans. This anime follows Naru Ayase, an 8th grader who can see the colors of music when she listens to it. For Naru, who is extremely good at decorating, becoming the owner of a shop like Dear Crown was her dream. One day, she finds out that the manager of a newly-opened shop is recruiting middle school girls who can do Prism Dance, and immediately applies. Naru begins to Prism Dance at the audition, and an aura she’s never experienced spreads out in front of her. At that moment, a mysterious girl named Rinne asks her if she can see “rainbow music”.

Studio: Tatsunoko Production

Director: Masakazu Hishida

Notable Mentions: Not really, lots of bit part actors and actresses.

Number of Episodes: 51

Things to Note: Not really. If you like Aikatsu!, then this may be your thing as well.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Preview

Description:  A remake of the first Space Battleship Yamato TV series created by Leiji Matsumoto in 1974. It was known in the United States as Star Blazers. The year is 2199. The once blue and green planet Earth has been reduced to a radioactive desert wasteland by constant attacks by the hostile aliens from the planet Gamilus which force the remaining population underground. However, a friendly alien race from the planet Iscandar contacts the humans and gives them the blueprints to build a powerful space battleship capable of retrieving a device to clean the planet before humanity disappears. The name of the ship: Space Battleship Yamato.

Studio: AIC and Xebec

Director: Yutaka Izubuchi, Akihiro Enomoto

Notable Mentions: Massive cast of talented people put this show together, and it shows in the quality of the production.

Number of Episodes: 26

Things to Note: Series has already been released as a bluray disc set. This is just the TV airing of the series.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince Preview

Description: In the latter half of 21st century, humans leave the Earth and begin to live in space. In order to adapt to the environment in space and deal with the hostile aliens in Jupiter, genetically engineered children called “Princes” are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots “AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device).

Studio: Orange/Dogakobo – collaboration

Director: Motonaga Keitaro (same as Date A Live)

Notable Mentions: Yuka Iguchi and Shintaro Asanuma are voicing the lead characters.

Number of Episodes: 24

Things to Note: Mangaka of GetBackers is also the writer of this manga.

Photo Kano

Photo Kano Preview

Photo Kano

Description: A Japanese dating sim game developed by Dingo and Enterbrain, and was released for the PlayStation Portable. Kazuya Maeda is a second-year high school student who takes pictures of girls with his camera that he received from his dad. The plot focuses on his romantic encounters with various girls at his school.

Studio: Madhouse

Director: Yokoyama Akitoshi

Notable Mentions: Sawashiro Miyuki, Chiwa Saito, Itou Kanae, Kanemoto Hisako, Nakahara Mai

Number of Episodes: 12

Things to Note: It is a dating sim game adaptation, so watch at your own risk.

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Preview

Description: Mysterious invaders called the Septentriones arrive in Japan and begin attacking the country on a Sunday. To fight back, the heroes in Devil Survivor 2 signed a pact with the devil to become the Thirteen Devil Messengers. The Septentriones show up at least once a day and you have a time limit of seven days to defeat them.

Studio: Bridge

Director: Kishi Seiji (Persona 4, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, Kamisama Dolls)

Notable Mentions: Aya Uchida (Himawari in Vividred), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Eji in Bakuman)

Number of Episodes: 13

Things to Note: Not a sequel, Shin Megami Tensei group of games (like Persona). Same writer-director combo as Kamisama Dolls & Jintai

Shingeki no Kyojin

Shingeki no Kyojin Preview

Description: Also called “Attack on Titan”, is a manga adaptation of a story set in a world where the remains of the human population live inside cities surrounded by enormous walls due to the sudden appearance of the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour humans seemingly without reason. The story centers around the life of Eren Jaeger and his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, whose lives are changed forever after the appearance of a colossal titan brings about the destruction of their home and the death of their mother.

Studio: Wit Studio/Production I.G. – collaboration

Director: Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, Kurozuka, High School of the Dead, Guilty Crown)

Notable Mentions: Yui Ishikawa (as the female lead) is relatively new to voice acting, Yuki Kaji is backing her up as the male lead.

Number of Episodes: 24

Things to Note: Wit Studio is a new subsidiary of I.G (like Xebec)

Hataraku Maou-sama!

Hataraku Maou-sama! Preview

Description: Adapted from a Japanese light novel series, the story is about a demon king named Satan who is about to conquer his own world when he is suddenly transported to Tokyo of our world and ends up working part-time at a fast food restaurant.

Studio: White Fox

Director: Hosoda Naoto (Minami-ke Okawari, Mirai Nikki)

Notable Mentions:

Number of Episodes: 13

Things to Note: Director Hosoda Naoto did Shuffle and Mirai Nikki. Writer Yokotani Masahiro has been lead writer for Keroro Gunsou, Reideen, and Busou Shinki.

Suisei no Gargantia

Suisei no Gargantia Preview

Description: Also called “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet”. While fighting an intense inter-galactic war, a mecha pilot was accidentally warped into a space-time neither he nor the computer of his mecha could recognize. After waking up from a long-time hibernation, he found himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language, using inferior technologies, and — most shocking to him — naturally breathable air.

Studio: Production I.G

Director: Murata Kazuya [FMA: Star of Milos, Code Geass (assistant director)]

Notable Mentions: Stars 20-year-old newcomer Ishikawa Kaito as the mecha pilot, Kanemoto Hisako, Kayano Ai, Asumi Kana, Itou Shizuka, Oohara Sayaka, Konishi Katsuyuki, Ono Yuuki, Sugita Tomokazu, Fujimura Ayumi.

Number of Episodes: ??

Things to Note: Urobuchi Gen on scripts. Director has worked on Eureka 7, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and a few other series but this is his first time in charge of a TV anime.

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Kakumeiki Valvrave Preview

Description: The story is set in an era when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers, the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS), there is a small neutral nation called Jiōru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto, a high school student who lives in Jiōru, encounters the mysterious “forbidden” humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.

Studio: Sunrise

Director: Matsuo Kou [Kure-nai, Rozen Maiden, Yozakura Quartet, Millenium Actress (Producer)]

Notable Mentions: Ryouhei Kimura and Ryota Ohsaka as the male leads.

Number of Episodes: 13

Things to Note: Code Geass creator writing scripts. Original Sunrise mecha anime.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

Kakumeiki Valvrave Preview

Description: Adapted from a light novel series, the story follows Youto Yokodera, who is always thinking about his carnal desires, but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Youto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish; that she would not display her real intentions so readily.

Studio: J.C. Staff

Director: Suzuki Youhei

Notable Mentions:  Kaji Yuuki, Ogura Yui, Ishihara Kaori, Tamura Yukari

Number of Episodes: 12

Things to Note: Director Suzuki Youhei is doing his first show. He has done storyboards and episodes of Mahoraba, Zero no Tsukaima, Kimikiss, Ookami-san, etc.  Second big role for Ogura Yui. First was Alice in Heaven’s Memo Pad.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Preview

Description: The second season will focus on The Sisters Arc. Lasting only a single volume in the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novels, it was later expanded greatly in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga. The arc focuses on the ordeals of Mikoto Misaka after discovering the existence of the Radio Noise sisters that are being used in the Level 6 Shift, an experiment where they are killed in order for the highest-ranking Level 5, Accelerator, can achieve Level 6.

Studio: J.C. Staff

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai

Notable Mentions: Voice cast has all returned for the second season.

Number of Episodes: 24

Things to Note: This story has been in print for awhile, so not a whole lot of surprises should be expected.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge Preview

Description: Adapted from a manga, the story follows and fated pairing. Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Mushanokouji Iwai, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge” is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the “Hair Queen” using the cursed killing tools, the “Killing Goods.”

Studio: Gokumi

Director: Yamaguchi Yuuji (Strawberry Eggs, FSN: Unlimited Blade Works, Touka Gettan)

Notable Mentions: This series is coming up short on recognizable people, with the only notable voice actress is Fukuhara Kaori.

Number of Episodes: 13

Things to Note: Not what the studio usually adapts. Writer has worked on Saki, Horizon, Haganai, Monster, and Oreshura.

Aku no Hana

Aku no Hana Preview

Description: Another manga adaptation. The story opens as middle school student Takao Kasuga receives an F on a math test. But he doesn’t even seem to notice because he’s too engrossed in surreptitiously reading Beaudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil. And the day goes downhill from there. In a moment of weakness, he finds and takes home the gym clothes belonging to sweet, pretty Nanako Saeki on whom he has a major crush. Unfortunately for Takao, there’s a witness to the theft: Nakamura, who has a huge chip on her shoulder and a sadistic streak.

Studio: Starchild Records, Zexcs

Director: Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi)

Notable Mentions: Shinichirou Ueda (male lead) is new the scene, but his female counterparts, Mariya Ise and Yoko Hikasa, have been around the block.

Number of Episodes: 12

Things to Note: The manga runs in the same magazine as Shingeki no Kyojin, as well as Sankarea.  This the director’s first anime since Detroit Metal City in 2008.

Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 2

Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 2 Preview

Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 2

Description: Based on a Japanese light novel series written by Tsukasa Fushimi, this is the second season of the animation. Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house’s entrance way. To Kyosuke’s surprise, he finds a hidden eroge (an adult game) inside the case and he soon learns that both the DVD and the game belong to Kirino. That night, Kirino brings Kyosuke to her room and reveals herself to be an otaku with an extensive collection of moe anime and younger sister-themed eroge she has been collecting in secret. Kyosuke quickly becomes Kirino’s confidant for her secret hobby.

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Kanbe Hiroyuki

Notable Mentions: Hayami Saori

Number of Episodes: 13 plus 3 post season specials

Things to Note: Studio change from AIC Build to A-1 Pictures but the staff is the same.  Three specials to air after the TV run ends.

10 thoughts on “Spring 2013 Preview

  1. foshizzel

    Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince: agreed giving it a 3 episode test run as well because I don’t think I could honestly sit through 13 or 26 episodes with those terrible SEED/DESTINY character designs, they just do not fit the wacky vibes from the trailer >.<

    Suisei no Gargantia: That third PV! Holy crap it looks amazing! That and I can't wait for Hisako Kanemoto aka Ika/Cure Peace/Kotoura and it reminded me more of XAMD Lost memories x Eureka Seven based on the world designs! I can't wait to see who gets owned and killed off lmao…

    To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S: To second Dave AWWWEE YEAAAH! I am reading the manga for both Index and Railgun and I can't freaking wait to see this because like Dave Misaka is one of my favorite characters. LOL yeah Joe season one focused a LOT on yuri-bait scenes with Kuroko or Saten doing something random, but I agree the manga was far more entertaining and I can't wait to see what comes after the sisters arc.

    Other than those I am looking forward to Valvrave, Haiyore Nyaruko-san! W and trying a bit of everything in between this season xD

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      Gargantia for me has the most potential, to either hit it big, or completely flop. Gen just has that effect. I know Railgun is popular, but the loli yuri fanservice anime is no where near as good as the manga. I’m going to give all the mecha series at least a 3 episode test. And Aku No Hana may be sufficiently twisted enough for me.

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  2. donkangoljones

    My only guarantees are OreImo (b/c I apparently like being angry), Kyojin (because I read quite a few of the chapters and LOVE IT), Raigun (b/c when it stays on task it’s fun as hell) and maybe Flower of Evil (b/c it sounds like a challenge, and I love really dark material).

    That’s already a lot to watch in one season, anything else I’ll have to give a good hard look at. I love mecha, but I don’t know if I can follow 3 of those at once. Though I don’t generally like original Sunrise material, so that may eliminate a series right off the bat.

    Great podcast guys! Go Team Kuroneko!

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      Flower of evil is my wild card this season. There’s just something there that will either turn people completely off, or keep them interested enough to keep watching. As for Sunrise, I’m inclined to agree. Making a Gundam show, but not calling it that is silly at best. But, I’m definitely excited for all the Sci-Fi and Mecha shows.

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  3. megaroad1

    Gargantia and Attack on Titan look as the series I’m most likely to enjoy this season besides obviously Yamato which I’ve already seen bits and pieces of. I think this season could turn out to be pretty good actually.

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