November 02, 2012
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Surprisingly, this is the first season that I’m seeing more than 10 ongoing titles. Did I have more free time despite work and school or this season is just that good? The answer is definitely the latter so here we go!

Btooom!
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 7.0/10

Kill or be killed. Violence and blood surround their isolated battlefield. Forced to play a death game, Sakamoto struggles for survival in real life. But will being among the top 10 players of the online RPG Btooom benefit him? Nothing amazing about its animation or the soundtrack and the characters have yet to stand out. What keeps me interested in Btooom  is the plot – what is the goal of the men behind all this?

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 8.0/10

Am I the only one wishing this was an actual fantasy adventure? Then again, a normal school life suddenly transforming to a magical battle but only in the character’s head is certainly unique. With a decent combination of characters and the effective comic routine, Chuunibyou is worth a good deal of laughter.


Code:Breaker
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.5/10

An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. And evil for evil. Exposing the reality that not all evildoers can be judged by the law, Code:Breaker showcases super powered teens who chose to exact justice with their own hands. The animation and character design are definitely a disappointment to those who have followed the manga. However, knowing the potential of the story and its characters plus the amazing performance of the seiyuus so far are enough to follow the series through.

Hayate no Gotoku! Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 7.0/10

This 3rd season of Hayate no Gotoku offers an anime original story and introduces Tsugumi Ruri as Nagi Sanzenin’s little sister. The basic plot so far is Ruri’s mission to find “something” within the Sanzenin household. At the same time, story about Nagi’s father is brewing but not focused upon just yet. The addition of Ruka’s singing and cryptic messages in between scenes adds a little breath of darkness and mystery to the usual mix of senseless comedy.

Hiiro no Kakera Season 2
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 6.5/10

Contrary to its predecessor, the conflict immediately starts with two betrayals. I don’t have much expectations from otome-based adaptations but there is hope that this season will be better than the first where loose ends would finally be resolved.

K
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.0/10

One thing K can boast about is the very fluid and topnotch  animation. Next are the eye-candy bishies, bishies, and the bishies. Did I mention the bishies? The plot is still questionable at this point and there are too many characters to even care about. I might be too skeptical about K, especially because of its BL implications but I’ll keep an objective eye out for it.

Kamisama Hajimemashita
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 7.0/10

It would be very easy to rank KamiKiss at the bottom against the many shoujo titles of this season. This cannot be helped, especially with a not-so-original plotline of a homeless girl being sheltered by a tsundere bishounen who just happens to be a supernatural familiar.

Magi
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 8.0/10

A fantasy adventure woven into one, Magi is a modern take on the classic story of Arabian Nights. The very spirited opening theme is very fitting too. The top notch animation brings out the beauty of magic and the battles about to take place. With the fast pace of the episodes, one major manga arc can definitely be covered. As a manga reader, the only complaint I would have are the noticeable differences in this anime adaptation. While this may not affect the overall plot, certain details serve as the foundation of a character. For instance, the door to Amun did not have to be opened with two right hands but the words “Open Sesame” which only Aladdin knew of. This highlights how Aladdin is not your ordinary magician in their world.

Psycho-Pass
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.0/10

When Gen Urobochi is part of the staff, you just know there will be surprises. A world where humans follow a system that measures a person’s motives and potentials, PsychoPass highlights their emotional and psychological struggles.

Robotics;Notes
Episodes seen: 3
Rating: 8.0/10

Will a simple school club project actually save the world? The flashforward opening has truly caught my interest. And I’m quite certain that it has more to offer than just the similar robot battles in Angelic Layer.

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 8.0/10

A seemingly innocent romantic comedy that actually deals with discovering and accepting one’s identity. The subtlety of the revelations, relationship of characters, and the animation itself are simply beautiful.

 

Shin Sekai Yori
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 8.5/10

One of the best titles this season. The five lead children were off to a fun trip only to discover the realities of human nature and how a society is built. The disjointed timeline presentation and sudden outpouring of revelations makes a good suspense/mystery/psychological title.

Sukitte Iinayo
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 8.0/10

It started with a…. kick! Now that’s making an impression! Another good shoujo title this season. While Yamato’s character still feels unreal, Mei is quite the opposite whose doubts and anxieties give her depth in each passing episode.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 8.5/10

Deciding between Kaibutsu and Sukitte as my top shoujo title for this season has been challenging and I must say Kaibutsu wins by only a hair’s breath. Having an unlikely pair – misunderstood strong guy and geek girl- is nothing novel. However, Kaibutsu has a certain flair in how it has executed this normal plot. What I like most is the script and how manly Shizuku’s lines are to make a guy blush. The balance between comedy and romance is pretty good and there is actual chemistry between the characters.

Zetsuen no Tempest
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.5/10

A sister and a girlfriend. For Mahiro Fuwa and Yoshino Takigawa whose world revolved around Aika, her sudden death leads them to seeking out the truth and saving the world in the process. They can only rely on the Kusaribe clan’s greatest mage who is abandoned on an island, away from civilization. Mystery and magic? Bring it on!

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