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Time is supposed to fly where one is having fun or busy, and in the blink of an eye, more than half of the Fall 2012 academic semester has disappeared. Of course, this means that thoughts now turn to the anime for Winter 2013. The offerings seem curious enough, and at the time of writing, I will likely follow Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukinai NEXT (January 10), as well as VividRed Operation (January 10) and Tamako Market (January 9). The Hanaksaku Iroha Movie, Home Sweet Home, releases on March 9. With current release patterns as the baseline, we can reasonably expect the movie to come out October 2013. For now, with mere days until the shows come out, it’s time to look forward to the offerings available!
In light of the relatively fewer number of anime airing this season, I will plan on following three anime for now: all of these series are interesting in their own right. Contrasting the past few seasons, I am not likely to drop any of the series, given that one of them is something I have familiarised myself with, one has artwork eliciting memories of another series that I found immensely enjoyable, and the other appears to be quite interesting.
An original sci-fi action anime featuring a 14-year-old girl, the story is set in the future the invention of the “expression engine”, a device capable of generating an incredible quantity of energy, eliminated the need for energy conflicts. This peaceful world is attacked by a strange alien force and the heroine, Akane Isshiki is recruited to defend Earth from this threat together with other four girls.
- Coming from Kazuhiro Takamura stock, Vividred Operation bears strong resemblence to Strike Witches in terms of premise, character design and of course, the noticable absence of conventional pants. These elements together make this perhaps my most anticipated series of the season, if only for the fact that I’m getting a good dose of fanservice with my science fiction.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
The Neighbor’s Club—a club founded for the purpose of making friends, where misfortunate boys and girls with few friends live out their regrettable lives. Although Yozora Mikazuki faced a certain incident at the end of summer, the daily life of the Neighbor’s Club goes on as usual. A strange nun, members of the student council and other new faces make an appearance, causing Kodaka Hasegawa’s life to grow even busier. While they all enjoy going to the amusement park, playing games, celebrating birthdays, and challenging the “school festival”—a symbol of the school life normal people live—the relations amongst the members slowly begins to change…
- I thoroughly enjoyed the airing of the first season back in fall 2011 for the comedy surrounding social ineptitude, and the ridiculous adventures that the Neighbour Club goes on as a result of each of its member’s unique personalities. Thus, we can reasonably expect a second season with more comedy, more adventure, perhaps exploration of Yozora and Kadoka’s growing relation, and of course, Sena’s…well…contributions to the show’s appeal.
Tamako is a mochi-loving high-school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town’s shopping district. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family’s shop and develops new mochi.
- This original series was animated by KyoAni and directly draws inspiration from the character design in K-On! The last time we saw this was with Kokoro Connect, and here, we have KyoAni producing a show with K-On! like characters. In fact, Tamako appears to have Yui’s personality and Azusa’s hairstyle. From the premise, the series appears to be light-hearted and will probably focus on subtle, everyday elements, perfect for the university student.