Winter 2013 Season Wrap

Yet another season ends, while another begins! Quite a few of the anime this season were late add-ins either because they were backlogged or because I overlooked them the first time around. ¬†Many thanks to the people who convinced me to pick them up and catch up with everyone! So you see, I do take your recommendations into account any time through the year ūüôā

While there isn’t really an order to the shows as I discuss them here, I do want to highlight¬†Shirokuma Cafe,¬†Minami-ke Tadaima, Shin Sekai Yori, and¬†Girls and Panzer as being my personal favorites through these cold months.

Anime in the order that I discuss them:

  • Boku no Imouto wa Osaka Okan
  • Mondaijitachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Tamako Market
  • Love Live!
  • Kotoura-san
  • Shin Sekai Yori
  • Girls und Panzer
  • Bakuman 3
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
  • Zetsuen no Tempest
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  • Magi
  • Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
  • Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
  • Minami-ke Tadaima
  • Shirokuma Cafe

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Playing Grown Up in Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Continuing on from the previous season, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo follows the lives of a special group of high school liberal arts students and the pursuit of their dreams.¬† Most aspects of what make this show memorable are ones that give a slight twist to conventional high school anime.¬† Instead of an average high school, Suimei is dedicated to the liberal arts.¬† The focused disciplines and dorm setting feel more like college than high school. ¬† Sakurasou also regularly pits talent against hard work, though the two often overlap.¬† I don’t usually see this addressed in anime with younger characters, though the argument is one that crosses all ages.¬† An even more discussion-worthy detail is the anime’s seeming promotion of careers over personal relationships.¬† Again, I don’t usually see this in high school shows other than the usual dedication to studying.¬† Watching relationships fall apart because of a job or passion seems like an experience more likely to be portrayed in some josei drama.¬† Cast with high school boys and girls, set in a high school environment, and teeming with juvenile emotions, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is, for all intents and purposes, an anime by adults for adults in the adult world.

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Fall 2012 Set Meal

Now a full month into the fall season, I’ve finally settled on which shows I’ll be watching from week to week. ¬†I actually would like to include a few more, but my busy schedule means that some of them will have to be reserved for a slower time of year. ¬†For now, I’ve got nine new series to add to my watch list, and boy is there a lot of fluff and romance in the air!

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