Tuesday, December 25, 2012

January 2013 Anime Previews: staff, cast, story, pic, trailer, manga, etc.

Last season was one of the best I can recall. So perhaps it's fair that this season doesn't look very promising.

The show I'm most looking forward to is Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, a new offering from Shinbou and Shaft about a female hikikomori who only sees the outside world through a camera attached to her brother.

I'm also intrigued by Kotoura-san, which is about a high-school girl who happens to be able to read minds: stars Kanemoto Hisako, Fukushima Jun, and Hanazawa Kana.

And I'm looking forward to Koshimizu Ami and Fukuyama Jun teaming up again to lead an anime made by the director and writer of Spice & Wolf and also involving economics: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.

Other shows of interest:
  • Ai Mai Mi -- 4-panel comic with an ero edge, starring Uchida Maaya, Kayano Ai, Ootsubo Yuka and Uchida Aya.
  • Amnesia -- Our heroine wakes up and realizes she does not know where or who she is. A boy who calls himself a "fairy" guides her on a journey of discovery through her past life.
  • D.C.III: Da Capo III -- The fifth series of a classic harem anime, made by a new studio with a new cast.
  • Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun -- shoujo supernatural mystery with a nice cast including Okamoto Nobuhiko and Takagaki Ayahi, and made by a new director who directed episodes of Penguin Drum.
  • Love Live! -- Idol anime that is part of a large project that has already produced a series of music videos for which fan feedback determined costumes and the precedence of the stars.
  • Mangirl! -- That's "manga girl," not "man-girl." Cute but inexperienced manga editors try to make their new magazine the best in the world.
  • Minami-ke Tadaima -- A new season of the popular comedy that I may like more now that a new studio and director is producing it.
  • Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru -- Maybe it's just the title of this harem comedy that entices me: "My girlfriend and my childhood friend in too much of a battlefield."
  • Senran Kagura -- The director of Shakugan no Shana and Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou brings us a super-ecchi comedy featuring names like Harada Hitomi, Iguchi Yuka, and Kobayashi Yuu.
  • Senyuu -- These are just five-minute episodes, but they mark the return of ex-KyoAni director Yamamoto Yutaka to anime comedy.
  • Tamako Market -- KyoAni unleashes a new moe comedy by the director and writer of K-On.
  • Vivid Red Operation -- The director of Strike Witches creates another show featuring moe girls fighting alien invaders.