2012/13 Winter Anime (Haganai NEXT!)

Winter Anime Season

Image Cred­it: ken (cof­fee michikusa) from Pixiv

Once again, it’s that time to pick out which ani­me to watch/blog for the next sea­son. Because of my col­lege’s win­ter quar­ter, I’ll only do a full blog­ging sea­son of one ani­me. The rest of the list is a (rough) rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what I will watch, but will only do occa­sion­al posts about.

Here’s the chart.

Two awesome blondes, one awesome loli

Image Cred­it: wing­heart from Pixiv

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Suku­nai NEXT (Air date: Jan­u­ary 10th)

Yes! I’ve been wait­ing for a sec­ond sea­son of this… as well as every oth­er light nov­el-based ani­me that I hap­pen to like. Luck­i­ly enough, Ore no Imō­to ga Kon­na ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai has also been announced a sec­ond sea­son. Now all we need is a sec­ond sea­son of Mayo Chi­ki! and I’ll final­ly be a hap­py camper, at least in terms of non-KyoAni ani­me (cough­HaruhicoughFM­P­cough).

The ani­ma­tion direc­tor is dif­fer­ent from the first sea­son, so the char­ac­ters are styled a bit dif­fer­ent­ly. It’s not that notice­able at first, but com­par­ing the designs of the first sea­son and sec­ond sea­son side-by-side, and you’ll notice that the new designs is a lot more flu­id com­pared to the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter designs. The writ­ing for the sec­ond sea­son will also be head­ed by the orig­i­nal light nov­el author, so there’s a high chance that it’ll be supe­ri­or to the first sea­son, which I’m excit­ed about.

More faux-het­ere­ochro­mia good­ness, here we come! I’ll be blog­ging about this week­ly as it airs.

Anime about mochi

Tamako Mar­ket (Air date: Jan­u­ary 9th)

You guys already know about my “at a glance” impres­sions about this in a pre­vi­ous post rant­i­ng about Kyoto Ani­ma­tion and their pri­or­i­ties not mak­ing any sense.

While it’s clear what type of ani­me it’s sup­posed to be just from look­ing at the pro­mo­tion­al bits and descrip­tions, I’ll still be watch­ing it in order to con­firm whether or not I’m right to be both­ered that Kyoto Ani­ma­tion chose to do this instead of cer­tain oth­er titles. In the end, I’m not the type of per­son to just look at some­thing, point fin­gers and say “well, this is prob­a­bly going to be like this” to the pub­lic, and just leave it at that. I have to con­firm with my own eyes if my assump­tion is right.

Love triangle, hp!

Ore No Kano­jo To Osanana­ji­mi Ga Shura­ba Sugiru (Air date: Jan­u­ary 5th)

Oh, wow! A love tri­an­gle ani­me! And it’s based on yet anoth­er light nov­el with a real­ly, real­ly long name. Haven’t seen these before.

Still, there’s an unex­plain­able attrac­tion with me and roman­tic come­dies. I just have to watch this. Maybe it’s because I’m on a life­long jour­ney to come across a roman­tic com­e­dy that could sur­pass every­thing Ran­ma 1/2 was? I real­ly don’t know.

Despite the gen­er­al­iza­tions and com­par­isons that I’m able to pull out of my ass just by look­ing at the genre and the basis premise of the series, that’s not my style. I’ll just wait and see — it just might sur­prise me, hope­ful­ly. At the very least, it may turn out bet­ter than what it sounds like.

das kawaii nig

Love Live! School Idol Project (Air date: Jan­u­ary 6th)

I have a con­fes­sion to make, guys.

I’m weak to the whole “idol” thing in Japan. They live lives that are pret­ty strict to guide­line and the indus­try, I’m well aware of that, but I just fall weak to the cute and ener­getic coat­ing of it all in the end. The danc­ing, the singing, the out­fit, the every­thing… I also hate the fact that THE iDOLM@STER games haven’t been local­ized yet and hap­pi­ly lis­ten to AKB48 songs in my spare time.

And I’ll most like­ly enjoy this ani­me, probably.

You guys can smack me in the head later. 😛

Things to watch out for…

Mina­mi-Ke Tadaima (Air date: Jan­u­ary 5th)

I’m hon­est­ly hes­i­tant about even touch­ing this one.

Look, I loved the orig­i­nal ani­me series. But the sub­se­quent series that were ani­mat­ed and writ­ten by dif­fer­ent peo­ple were extreme dis­ap­point­ments, so my hes­i­tance in watch­ing this is formed by real experiences.

In fact, I think I should get my Mina­mi-Ke fix by get­ting around to read­ing the man­ga instead. If it turns out to be well-received, I might give it a go.

The demon tree returns!

Da Capo III (Air date: Jan­u­ary 5th)

Judg­ing from my expe­ri­ences with the Da Capo II ani­me and its visu­al nov­el as well as dozens of oth­er “VN-to-ani­me” adap­ta­tions (and the fact that this will only have 13 episodes), I can con­fi­dent­ly say that this adap­ta­tion will def­i­nite­ly not live up to its source mate­r­i­al. So guys, fol­low Wah­fu­u’s blog posts about the Da Capo III VN instead. 😉

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