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Published on April 16th, 2013 | by exo

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Spring 2013 – First Episode Impressions

I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly excited for Spring 2013.

Usually when I look through the shows for the upcoming season, I’ll see at least one or two that I want to watch, but this time around I was utterly disappointed. Absolutely nothing caught my interest. Despite that, I “forced” myself to watch pretty much everything that Spring 2013 had to offer.

Thank god I did.

There were some pretty amazing first episodes this season and it seems like everyone is really stepping up their game (or blowing their financial load on the opening episode). However, I thought that the following four anime stood out most from the crowd and feel they have a lot of potential to be great shows.

Karneval

A boy with a mysterious arm band, a monster in the guise of a woman, and a robber at the wrong place at the wrong time converge with disastrous effect.

Karneval wastes no time with setup, and thrusts us straight into the middle of a quickly progressing storyline. Much of the time I was scratching my head, wondering just what the hell was going on. But as it turns out, I didn’t require any additional explanations to enjoy the first episode.

The fight scenes are smooth and well executed, and the animation in general is pretty solid. The premise is interesting enough, and the first episode gives the impression that we’ve only just scratched the surface in terms of storyline. The main character isn’t overly irritating or helpless, and although there is a mild Yaoi thing going on, it doesn’t detract from the show.

The first episode of Karneval gives promises of an expansive and interesting plot line, now it’s up to them to follow through.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

Outcast boy meets attractive, but strange girl. Boy and girl can’t stand each other, but both find that they are eerily similar to each other.

I would be wrong if I said that this wasn’t a classic romance comedy setup, but Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (excessively long name) surprised me a bit with some straight up real dialogue from its characters. Focusing on themes of fitting in, rejection, and self-perceptions, OreGairu went a little deeper then most of its genre would and gave us a small taste of each character and their inner struggles.

I enjoyed the multidimensional nature of each character’s personality, and found the dynamics between the three members of the Service Club to be consistently entertaining. It’ll be interesting to see what direction Brain’s Base takes this show.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

Demon Kings and Heroes locked in an epic struggle for control of territories? The premise sounds all too familiar to a certain anime from the past season. But thankfully, that’s where the similarities between Hataraku Maou-sama and Maoyuu Maou Yuusha end.

Cast out of his world, the Demon King and his loyal servant are thrown into modern day Japan and hilarity ensues as they struggle to adapt to human culture to survive. Jump a couple of months into the future, Maou is bringing in the bank by working at McDonald’s, while Ashiya is tasked with studying human literature in hopes of finding a way to restore their demon magic. But their easy way of life comes to a dramatic end with Maou’s run in with his arch nemesis, the Hero.

First off, let me just say that the fight scene at the beginning was freaking amazing. SUPERB choreography and excellent detail. I guess after the success of Mirai Nikki, Hosoda Naoto deserves a big production budget. Fighting scenes aside, I really am pretty satisfied with how this adaptation is playing out. Animation is good, pacing is perfect, and the dialogue is never generic or uninteresting. I have to say that as of now, Hataraku Maou-sama! is probably my all-around favorite of the season.

Shingeki no Kyojin

If you want a show with a refreshingly unique premise, look no further. I mean come on, humans locked in an eternal struggle against giant, people eating titans? Can’t get much more bizarre then that.

Hidden within one of mankind’s last bastions, Eren lives with his family and his sister Mikasa. However, after an enormously powerful giant appears and takes down the city walls, the uneasy peace is broken as hordes of giants flood the city. After watching his mother fall prey to a giant, Eren vows to kill every last one of them.

Don’t let the beautiful countryside scenery fool you, some REAL shit goes down in the first episode of Shingeki no Kyojin and all in all, I thought it was a very good introduction to the show. The question is: where will it go from here? A time skip perhaps? Regardless, I have a feeling Shingeki no Kyojin will be a solid watch.

Oh, and Mikasa is a straight up badass.

Happy watching.
-exo

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