Winter 2013 – Season Preview

shin_sekai_yori-13-winter-snow-ice-mountains-forest-rural-beautiful-gorgeous-scenicThe dawn of 2013 means the beginning of another new anime season, the Winter 2013 anime season to be precise.  Seeing as we’ll be spending the new few months with a number of these anime, it’s time to look ahead and examine these new show as a means to prepare for the upcoming season.  With a number of charts, lists and impressions already out there, here’s my personal take on the Winter 2013 anime season.

First is a quick look at the sequels, spinoffs, and other continuing anime of the season.  This Winter will feature a number of impressive and popular shows continuing their run.  Returning again this season will be: AKB0048 Next Stage, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, Chihayafuru 2, Da Capo III, Doki Doki Precure, gdgd Fairies Second Season, Hetalia: The Beautiful World, Minami-ke Tadaima, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative Two, and Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited.  Having watched only one of the previous material, there isn’t much for me to say on these anime besides that if you’re planning to watch these already, you’ve probably already watched the prerequisites or are at least familiar with these franchises enough that you already know what you’re getting yourselves into.  However, the only one that I have watched, I am incredibly excited for and that’s the return of Chihayafuru, one of my all-time favorites that debuted during the Autumn 2011 season.  So, yeah, this sequels, spinoffs, and other continuing material section is going to be rather short seeing as I am unfamiliar with most of these shows and have no new or original information to provide:

Chihayafuru 2

chihayafuru_2-promotional_image-chihaya-taichi-arata-karutaOpinion: Already a personal favorite, I find the return of Chihayafuru to be a true delight, especially since the original anime ended with so much story left and potential remaining.  However, what I’m looking forward to the most is the return of the cast of characters, each a fully developed person who fits into specific but dynamic roles and collectively share a charming chemistry together.  It appears that two new characters will be joining the karuta club, so their addition will be of particular note, especially how they impact the game, the comedy, and perhaps even the delicate balance of romance and affection.  Seeing how the story added in character previously, I have zero worries, but am curious to see what they’ll be like and what will happen.  The story in Chihayafuru is likely to continue from where the series left off, so I don’t expect much change in that regard.  And that’s the same for the production values, too, though I figure with the reception and success of the first season, there might be some more investments in the animation than previously.  I do have some reservations on the series, however, seeing as the past few sequels I’ve anticipated have been a little flat, but for Chihayafuru, I honestly can’t see how this anime could disappoint.  Either way, I’ll be watching and loving this sequel.

Plans for this show: Will watch


With the sequels, spinoffs, and continuing anime section finished, all that remains are the original anime series which see their debuts in the opening weeks of 2013.  This season will be a lighter load than previous seasons with roughly 20 new shows beginning, so there’s more opportunities available for us to try a larger portion of these shows to see what’s appropriate for our time and our tastes.  In addition to that, there’s about 10 new shows that are all between 2-5 minutes each, so it looks like this will be the lightest anime season in a long time.  I’ll have more to say on some of the other short anime once they air since very little information exists on them.  As for the others, they’re included below with the rest of the television anime.

The order of anime listed below is neither chronological nor alphabetic but ranked in order of my personal anticipation and how likely I believe I will watch that anime this season.  Every anime is evaluated and placed into one of five tiers ordered: Will watch, Likely watch, Maybe watch, Doubtful but it gets a shot, and No dice.  Within each tier, the anime are listed alphabetically.  Dates are not included because who knows when and where these shows will be subbed and available to watch.  So with that, let’s take a look at the new anime for Winter 2013:

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Opinion: The complete package, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has the characters, story, setting and animation that I desire from any anime.  The cast seems set-up with a dazzling duo lead, a Hero and Demon set to join forces, along with other JRPG-type classes of characters like fighters and wizards.  The story focuses on the two leads as they work together to produce piece across the war-torn lands, with a focus on informative and practical applications, which is something certain to be intriguing and engaging for an anime.  The setting is a classical fantasy realm, something I always find myself attracted, too, and the art and animation shown in the PV is superb.  From what I’ve heard, the manga has received favorable reviews and been compared with Spice and Wolf a few times, an anime that share similar attributes and is one of my all-time favorites.  I’m curious to see how educational or intelligent the anime is, too, considering that seems to be an emphasis, which is something I find particularly appealing about this anime.  In regards to flaws or faults, I can’t seem to find any besides that it might be too short at only 12 episodes.  Then again, there light novel it is based on is still continuing, so hopefully there’ll be several sequels in the seasons to follow.

Plans for this show: Will watch



Opinion: Although this is a 2-minute anime, it seems like Puchimas! will be airing on weekdays for some time during this season.  That means every Monday through Friday, a 2 minute episode will air based on the humorous 4-koma iDOLM@STER spin-off manga.  Why it’s here instead of the continuation section is based on how it doesn’t require any prerequisite anime or material to watch besides maybe getting to know the characters.  It’s set in its own strange timeline where each of the girls gets a chibi version of themselves with comedy not far behind.  And though it’s one of those anime with a runtime of 2 minutes per episode, it has an unusual broadcasting schedule being five times each week rather than weekly, meaning it’ll be featured quite a bit and quite quickly this season.  Having read a few pages of the manga and enjoyed it, plus having enjoyed the iDOLM@STER anime previously, I figure that this short comedy series will be a worthwhile addition this Winter.

Plans for this show: Likely watch



Opinion: What immediately catches my eye of this anime is its art and animation, a brilliant watercolor world populated with energetic, emotive characters whose designs are not only comprehensive in detail but interesting to gaze upon.  Not only that, but the directing style of SHAFT shows some diverse cinematography with rather interesting camera focuses, shots and motion.  The visuals in this anime figure to be among the best this season.  The characters and story, however, are where I find some potential imperfections in this series.  While the characters appear distinct and lively, there’s this whole onii-chan/lolicon thing going on with the lead male which might foreshadow a dependence on otaku humor and other uninteresting stereotypical jokes that are becoming increasingly mundane and tiresome as the number of anime that use it increase.  The story, however, is a bit better revolving around a hikikomori sister wondering about the fantastic outside world outside her home.  There is wild potential with this anime and the possible flaws thus far are just personal preferences on the characters and comedy I am assuming from the PV.  I might find myself to be wrong rather quickly, which I hope is true, and that this becomes one of the better anime this season.

Plans for this show: Likely watch


Senran Kagura

Opinion: Yup, there’s really nothing more to this anime than comedy, fighting and tons of ecchi fanservice.  You’ve got bouncing breasts, girls fondling other girls, and skimpy, shreddable outfits and that’s just the PV alone.  And you know that the anime is going to be a bunch of busty, one-dimensional characters in a nonsensical, illogical story that is probably stupidly simple and stupid.  Yet… here it is in one of my higher tiers for anime for this season.  What the PV tells me and from what I can tell about the anime, it’s an anime that isn’t going to take itself seriously.  It exists solely to be entertaining and to have ridiculous fanservice in it.  It wants to have fun, be sexy, and make the audience smile and laugh.  For a fanservice anime to actually understand that and tailor itself to that, they usually end up being pretty enjoyable, especially if the comedy is somewhat original and not based off character tropes.  Yeah, the anime might completely bomb seeing as it’s totally ecchi with no interesting characters or anything resembling a plot, but I’m expecting it to be fun and entertaining and that alone should make this anime worthwhile.

Plans for this show: Likely watch


Tamako Market

Opinion: Tamako Market comes across as an easy-going, unconcerned anime about a girl who loves mochi and her highschool friends.  I’m not expecting anything meaningful in terms of its characters or story, but I am anticipating a relaxing, easy anime to watch about a rather delicious subject in a semi-realistic world with amusing characters.  Kyoto Animation shows its force with some outstanding production values, especially in terms of the fluid kinetics in the animation and the rather charming art style and character designs.  It looks to be a pleasant blend of slice-of-life, comedy, and educational, meaning it sounds appropriate according to my tastes for anime.  The only potential negatives I see with this anime is that it might come across as boring or empty, but as long as I smile and enjoy the anime based on the comedy and friendship, then it’ll be worth it.

Plans for this show: Likely watch


Yama no Susume

Opinion: Yeah, this is going to be another short anime (5 minutes per episode), but I find it to be incredibly charming and on a hobby that I enjoy and can appreciate.  Yama no Susume follows the story of two childhood friends determined to climb a mountain to watch the sunrise together.  It’s going to be a rather short, simple slice-of-life anime about two girls with a shared goal and some passion for mountaineering, something that I enjoy doing with my friends.  Since I can share in the experience with the girls, I find myself to be drawn into this anime more than others.  However, the anime doesn’t look all that great.  Since the episodes are only 5 minutes each week, the characters and story are probably going to be rushed, the comedy be rather dull, and the pacing rather erratic.  Still, I believe this will be a cute anime to watch on a topic that I enjoy, so this anime will likely be picked up this season.

Plans for this show: Likely watch


Ai Mai Mi

Opinion: This hyperactive, psychotic chibi comedy revolves around the four crazy girls of a highschool manga club going on random, zany adventures and drawing manga.  It seems like a fun anime with its main draw being the comedy that it so heavily emphasizes, so it’s likely something dumb that I’ll watch, laugh at, and enjoy.  However, with nothing else besides the comedy, the anime can quickly find itself off my list if the humor is rather dry, derivative, or a rehashing of otaku jokes that weren’t funny when they first were told back decades ago.  However, the episodes are only 3 minutes each, so the chances of that happening are smaller than if it were a full-length anime.  The art and animation is somewhat cheap but it holds its own charm and the characters seem to fit the premise rather well considering how screwy they are.  I doubt there will be any type of story in this anime but that might end up being a positive depending on how the comedy works.

Plans for this show: Maybe watch



Opinion: Although I’ve never found myself particularly interested in reverse-harem shoujo romances, Amnesia catches my eye with its subtle fantasy elements and a theoretically fascinating storyline.  The protagonist of the anime wakes up without any memories and pieces together her past and present with the help of a young spirit boy.  While it’s likely to focus on her romance and rediscovering the identities her friends and lovers around her, there’s the potential for it to examine a rather fascinating fantasy setting that is hinted throughout the PV.  If it is, then I’ll probably find myself watching this anime this Winter.  If not, I don’t think I’ll be interested enough to find out which bishounen that the girl likes best in another mystery, romance anime that is probably pretty mundane and boring.  It might take a few episodes before deciding on this one.

Plans for this show: Maybe watch


Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Opinion: Seeing that the character designs are from Monkey Punch, creator of the legendary and distinguished Lupin III franchise, there are some high hopes for this new, original anime.  Taking place in Kyoto following the Meiji Restoration, the story follows Roman who appears to live a dual life, one as an ordinary man and the other as a bandit or rogue working against the government.  Sounds a bit like Lupin to me, though this one has its own specific time and setting to differentiate the two.  The PV shows some solid art and animation and appears to be pretty entertaining, but I’m expecting the anime to have a somewhat profound or meaningful story fall short or something.  Then again, even if the story is underachieving, the characters and comedy might make the anime worthwhile and the action an added bonus.  I do like anime that take place in historical Japan, so that’s a plus for me, too.  However, I don’t think this anime will be all that great.  Then again, most anime don’t need to be for me to watch and enjoy them.

Plans for this show: Maybe watch



Opinion: Mangirl! might be a fun, cute anime to watch, but it seems rather mindless and meaningless just from its PV and description.  Then again, it’s only 5 minutes per episode, so it might be an easy watch every week.  Following the lives four girls who run a manga magazine, the anime is sure to be educational about the manga and entertainment industry in Japan but twisted to be amusing and comical like all these kinds of anime are.  I’m not particularly interested in how a manga magazine is run and I’m a little cautious of the comedy, but I’m sure it’ll be tolerable.  The characters don’t seem very appealing, either.  Still, it looks short, so maybe that’ll be what saves it and keeps me from dropping it.

Plans for this show: Doubtful but it gets a shot



Opinion: Again, another 5 minute anime (what’s the deal with all these short anime this season? That’s three 5 minute anime now, a 2 minute one earlier, and at least 3 others), this time based off a fantasy JRPG realm with heroes fighting to save the world.  It looks rather plain and simple with some comedy, so there’s not too much appeal with the characters or story.  The fantasy JRPG elements are nice, but there’s been a number of anime and manga making light of the genre recently, so this is nothing new nor does it look incredibly innovative.  Still, at only 5 minutes an episode, this might be an easy anime to watch even if it isn’t terribly meaningful.

Plans for this show: Doubtful but it gets a shot


All that remain are the anime that I have minimal to no interest in watching, the anime that either appear to already be flawed, boring, or simply outside my demographic.  While these anime may in fact be watchable to some, they do not appear to be for me.  I doubt I’ll watch any more than the PV linked in their sections but there’s always a chance for me to pick one or two up every season, so not all hope is lost.  However, for most of them, there’s already zero chance I’ll even think about them after writing my opinions for each.

Cuticle Detective Inaba

Opinion: It doesn’t look terrible, but it doesn’t appeal to me at all.  Sure, there’s comedy in the PV which I like, but the characters, story, and setting leave me worried and I’ve never been impressed with ZEXCS besides a few specific anime. Also, I refuse to call it anything other than Cubicle Detective Inaba from this point forward.

Plans for this show: No dice


Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Opinion: Another anime without any glaring flaws besides that it just doesn’t appeal to me.  There just isn’t any excitement or energy in that PV and the characters are all rather boring to watch.  Setting looks nice but that’s it.

Plans for this show: No dice



Opinion: It might be cute, it might be funny, but ultimately it’s a school club anime without really any redeeming factors or innovation.  Going to pass on it for now.

Plans for this show: No dice


Mondai-ji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

Opinion: Normal boy gets transported to fantasy land with two girls and… I don’t think anything else is necessary to express my displeasure with this garbage.

Plans for this show: No dice


Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Opinion: Suddenly girlfriend plotline? I thought anime had moved past that forgettable phase. Imouto incest sub-plot? Unfortunately, anime has yet to move beyond that, too.

Plans for this show: No dice


Vividred Operation

Opinion: It’s like Strike Witches but without the cat ears and panties.  So, it’s like Strike Witches but without anything appealing to me or anything special to make it desirable.  Has some nice sci-fi elements and some solid music but it looks like another clichéd, derivative anime.

Plans for this show: No dice


And with that, my personal preview of the Winter 2013 anime season is complete.  Up next will be my first impressions on these anime, so all that remains for us now is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the new anime this season and all our favorites continuing from 2012.  Until then, have fun testing and trying out all these new anime!

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  1. #1 by Rowena Kathleen Annwen McKay on December 31, 2012 - 5:23 AM

    Thanks a lot for the run-down! This has given me a lot of videos to watch and assess.

    • #2 by avvesione on January 1, 2013 - 12:43 PM

      Yeah, this isn’t the most comprehensive or detailed list, especially since most shows have multiple PVs and commercials and other promotional material, so it might be best to look around a bit more than just these videos if something looks interesting or not. Hopefully it serves as a nice place to start, though.

  2. #3 by Zammael on December 31, 2012 - 6:55 AM

    Great, it looks like ill pick up Chihayafuru, and… Um… Uh…

    Well at least there are shows from Fall like Psycho-Pass and Shinsekai Yori, along with solid ones like Robotics; Notes and Zetsuyen no Tempest. Right? ;)

    • #4 by avvesione on January 1, 2013 - 12:46 PM

      Honestly, the only ones I’m legitimately excited for and that I think will be above average (8 or higher) are Chihayafuru, Maoyuu, and Sasami. Really, the season looks both light and terrible, so I’m expecting that I’ll be able to catch up on a number of other anime and make it so that my blog posts are on time. Then again, I’m sure I’ll find some way to mess that up.

      And yeah, I’m thankful for JoJos, Psycho-Pass, Shin Sekai Yori, Magi, and Robotics;Notes all continuing this season. That alone should make it tolerable.

  3. #5 by Justin on December 31, 2012 - 11:44 PM

    I would love to disagree with everything on your list. But I actually can’t because the Winter Season looks like crap right now. Only when it airs will we eventually find out.

    However, yes, I have little doubt OreShura (the shortened name for Ore No Kanojo) will be anything good. This I’m personally hoping is a surprise because of the staff on this show: Tatsuhiko Urahata was script writer for shows like Saki, Strike Witches, Natsuiro, and Aria The Natural and Origination; the director of this series is Kanta Kamei, of Usagi Drop fame. Mostly because of Kanta I’m interested in seeing what he can do with the material. But yeah, I watched the trailer and I was simply bored. I can only hope Kanta can save this somehow, but I’m not liking his chances :(

    • #6 by avvesione on January 1, 2013 - 12:56 PM

      Yeah, I’m hoping that this preview turns out to be entirely wrong by the time the shows begin airing, but I have no doubt that most of these shows will be as advertised and be pretty terrible. That and most of the anime I am looking forward to are between the durations of 2-5 minutes, so it’ll be a light season either way.

      As for OreShura… yeah, that’s a pretty awesome staff, but I don’t think they’ll be able to do anything special with that material. I don’t put too much faith in the staff besides the director, so hopefully Kanta Kamei is able to work some magic in it, but I don’t ever really invest my hopes in an anime based off a staff. Then again, the Sengoku Collection and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia shows me what a director can really do for an anime, so maybe… well, I’ll wait to see what people say before giving it a shot.

  4. #7 by Joojoobees on January 1, 2013 - 9:03 AM

    I know it is common to complain right before a season begins (especially a Winter season) that all the shows look like crap, but this is one weak-looking season. That’s fine with me, though. I’ll enjoy Chihayafuru 2, and maybe get a chance to catch up on some old shows I wanted to watch.

    • #8 by avvesione on January 1, 2013 - 12:58 PM

      Well, one of the nice things about this season is that many of the good to great anime from last season are continuing into this one, so even if it is terrible, at least we’re adding Chihayafuru to our list of Psycho-Pass, JoJos, Shin Sekai Yori, and others. Not only that but I’m looking forward to Maoyuu and Sasami, too, so it should be pretty decent, even if most of the new anime are either short or terrible.

  5. #9 by elior1 on January 2, 2013 - 12:00 AM

    @awesione i suggest to you to watch doki doki precure it not squal or anything it story stand by itself and the good points about it there is villains looks like vempires this is going to be more mature and with little it not squal since each season have diffrent story so you wont have to see the seasons before

    • #10 by avvesione on January 2, 2013 - 5:07 PM

      You know, I might check it out considering how light this season appears and how I have already dismissed many shows based on their PVs or on their synopsis. Then again, I’ve been hearing about some of the other Precures, so I might be interested in looking at some of the older ones, too, if Doki Doki doesn’t pan out for me (Smile for example).

      Thanks for the heads up though!

  6. #11 by mwnanamai on January 5, 2013 - 8:40 AM

    Vividred Operation : Looks like Sailor Moon to me, not worth.

    Ai Mai Mi & Mangirl! seems similar to me, so I guess I will go with Mangirl! just because it is easier to do gags from full size to SD than just in SD where dialog would need to be top notch.

    Senran Kagura is certainly going to be my primary anime this season, it is dumb and it knows it, so I just want to enjoy.

    I am amused that Maoyuu Maou Yuusha still manage to somehow have a Gainax effect for the Demon Queen boobs. Is she Ms Fanservice ? O dunno if I am going to watch it.

    Is it just me but has the explosion of stupidity in the last 2 seasons and animes bombing have pushed studios to produce shorts ? Is it the recession ?

    • #12 by avvesione on January 8, 2013 - 9:06 PM

      Not sure how you got Sailor Moon from Vividred since most people have been comparing it to Strike Witches, but maybe there’s something else besides the girls flying around in short shorts that I’m missing.

      I like both Ai Mai Mi and Mangirl! enough to watch both. I mean, each are 3 minutes, so time isn’t an issue, and both are watchable. Neither are great, mind you, but 3 minutes every week is something I can afford.

      So long as Senran Kagura doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun, it’ll be worthwhile to watch. As for Maoyuu, seems they’re loading up on the fanservice early with her boobs but then it’ll probably go away (or we’ll grow to tolerate it) so I doubt it’ll be an issue as the anime continues.

      As for the number of shorts in recent seasons, I think the reason we’re seeing so many now is that they’re cheap, quick, and easy to produce, especially for some of the smaller studios who are trying to make a name for themselves. Rather than continuing to do in-between and backgrounds for bigger anime, doing these shorts allows them to have some creativity and showcase their directors/animators/sound/etc and give them some experience. Then again, there’s probably some other reasons, but I think that’s part of it.

      • #13 by mwnanamai on January 8, 2013 - 11:43 PM

        I got a Sailor Moon vibe from Vividred mostly because of the transformation sequence at the end, sure they might have a technobable gadget to explain but what is the different with Magical planet rocks ? Also the way the cast is highlighted turn by turn kind of reminded me of that, I also have yet to watch Strike Witches (I know it is a sin to the gods of Otaku!, I ask pardon) It was more of a tongue on cheek thing that crossed my mind.

        Contrarily to your and my better judgement I watched “Cuticle Detective Inaba” and it is indeed a pile of vile, vulgar and stupid garbage. Everybody should stay away from that crap.

        Senran didn’t disappoint and they even managed to have a character for me to like in the person of Hibari. Maoyuu also looks good too.

        Your explanation about the shorts does make sense too.

        • #14 by avvesione on January 11, 2013 - 11:14 AM

          Ah, okay, that makes more sense now. I guess if you haven’t watched Strike Witches, it’s harder to compare the two.

          Glad to hear you enjoyed Senran Kagura and Maoyuu since those are two shows I picked up this season, as referenced in my First Week Impressions post.

          As for the shorts, I think I’m watching just about all of them. They’re quick and fun, so I figure, why not?

  7. #15 by Tzaphqiel on January 9, 2013 - 8:33 PM

    Well, I’ve definitely got a lot to look forward to, it seems.
    There do seem to be quite a few anime shorts starting this season, but I’m kind of glad that there are so many, if only because PoyoPoyo came to an end recently. I’d definitely like to see what you think about Yama no Susume, and I hope that Senyuu ends up being at least a bit more than you are expecting (though I won’t make any guarantees).

    As for Cubicle Detective Inaba, I first thought that you might have been a little harsh on it and decided to watch the first episode. Then I realized that you were probably right to forgo that series. If anything, that episode confirmed what I had thought about Teekyu: that a break-neck comedic pacing really only works when the show is less than a few minutes long. The fact that the characters had such bizzare behaviors and routinely sidelined and insulted the only-sane-man made it rather hard to relate to any of them.

    I’m a little sad that you won’t be following Mondai-ji, but that’s another thing that we can chalk up to personal preferences, so I won’t make anything more out of that, aside from mentioning that the OP for Mondai-ji sounds really cool.

    • #16 by avvesione on January 11, 2013 - 11:18 AM

      Yeah, I’m watching pretty much all the shorts this season and Yama no Susume is one of my favorite. It’s a pleasant combination of fun, cute and mountaineering which are all three things I like, so I am enjoying that anime.

      Sorry to hear about Cubilel Defective Inaba, Interesting to hear it’s like Teekyuu since that is something I liked but I’m not sure how much I’d like it if episodes were 24 minutes long instead of 2 minutes.

      I haven’t seen Mondai-ji out yet, but I might scan through an episode to see what it’s like. I’ve seen a few people excited for it, so I may indeed check it out, but probably not since it really doesn’t appeal to me and my taste in anime.

      • #17 by Tzaphqiel on January 11, 2013 - 3:26 PM

        Speaking of shorts, I watched the first episode of Ishida & Asakura and was really disappointed by it. If anything it, like Cubicle Detective Inaba (CDI), was almost like Teekyu except that instead of being too long, like CDI, it suffered from the apparent lack of a “straight-man” character.
        And, as interesting as it first seemed, the second episode of Ai-Mai-Mi did little for me aside from make me hate the two characters that were interfering with the thrid’s work, so I’m not sure what to think about that series.

        • #18 by avvesione on January 12, 2013 - 2:21 AM

          Yeah, Ishida & Asakura was terrible, so I dropped it.

          The second episode of Ai Mai Mi made me smile and laugh, so I’m enjoying it. When talking about it with a friend, I called it ‘Teekyuu on benzos’ since it was nowhere near as hyper or fast-paced but it still had that kind of absurd and silly humor that makes it amusing and worthwhile. I like it but it doesn’t seem to be too popular from what I’ve seen.

  8. #19 by LGM on January 12, 2013 - 9:21 AM

    Ok, PLEASE trust me on this, watch the 1st episode of Kotoura-san. That show just trolled its viewers in a good way. Not going to spoil this for you but I can garanteed that even if the rest of the series is crap you will be glad to have seen the 1st episode.

    • #20 by avvesione on January 13, 2013 - 5:33 PM

      I was able to watch the first episode of Kotoura-san and I enjoyed it. I’m not really sure what the troll was since it was just very basic, very forced and very heavy melodrama to start which… really didn’t impress me all that much. I do like how the whole episode played out though and I plan on watching it this season, so thanks for the recommendation.

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