Winter 2012-2013 Anime Round-Up

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Did you find yourself a good title to follow this season? Take a peek and maybe you’ll figure out which one to watch!

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Amnesia
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

The Heroine is suffering from amnesia and can only get her memories back by interacting with others. However, before she can even fit in properly, she is thrown into different “worlds” and has a different boyfriend in each. Expect shortened version of each character route in this otome game adaptation.

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Chihayafuru 2
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 9.0/10

Chihayafuru returns this season and makes it seem that it wasn’t gone at all.  It has also successfully evaded the sequel trap by maintaining what it had done best in the first series – beautiful animation and soundtrack, moving characters, and an engaging story of friendship and dreams.

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Cuticle Tantei Inaba
Episodes Seen: 7
Rating: 6.7/10

A hair detective with a goat as antagonist – this alone tells you not to expect much from the story. Anyone who would like a good laugh can turn to this series anytime.

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Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

Hakkenden follows a character (or more specifically, bishie) of the week format, similar to Brave 10 wherein they are trying to find people who hold a certain power. This would certainly appeal more to the female audience with a penchant for bishie (admittedly with shounen-ai tendencies) and the fantasy/adventure genre.

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Kotoura-san
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

I was deeply moved by that very emotionally charged first episode showing how Kotoura suffered from having the ability to read other people’s minds. It seemed serious and had a lot of potential, exposing the consequences of having power. However, a story that eventually kept bouncing from very light comedy to a plunge at her dark past can be quite troubling too. Character personalities are not very consistent either where a jealousy-driven girl suddenly becomes apologetic to the object of her jealousy in just one episode. Those with not much time to spare can let this mediocre title lie untouched. For now.

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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Episodes Seen: 7
Rating: 8.0/10

Medieval setting + economics + romance =  Spice and Wolf.
Medieval setting + economics + war+ romance = Maoyuu.
See the difference?

At this point, I don’t think Maoyuu can ever be better than Spice and Wolf. In fact, it is suffering from having so many similarities, even the use of the same seiyuu for the lead characters.  Maou and Yuusha just don’t have the chemistry that Holo and Lawrence had, a strength greatly played out through a good script based from the original novel. Still, it is worth finding out what lies beyond the hills.

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Mondaiji-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuro Sou Desu Yo?
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.5/10

Super-powered trouble-making teens, parallel worlds, gift games. Throw common sense out of the house and amuse yourself with characters who only want to have fun and help a losing community along the way!

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Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 7.0/10

Yes, it’s a harem and the lead guy Keita was a chuunibyou. And for him who hates love but ends up being the boyfriend of the most popular girl in school, could things get any more out of hand? Oreshura suffers from a lot of common tropes but still makes an enjoyable rom-com title to see.

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Senyuu
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 8.5/10

A  hole appeared in the world so the king ordered the descendants of a legendary hero to hunt down the supposedly resurrected demon king. It turns out that the granddaughter of the first demon king was only cooking popcorn but ended up creating a portal for monsters to enter the human world! How superbly hilarious is this storyline? Senyuu may be short, with less than 5 minutes per episode, but has really been quite entertaining.

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Tamako Market
Episodes Seen: 3 (Dropped)
Rating: 6.0/10

As much as I hate to drop a KyoAni production, I had to. The characters just won’t interest me at all- Tamako is just a bubble of happiness and that bird is too egoistic.

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