2013: Year in Review

Like last year’s post, I’ve managed to scrape together a list of most of the shows that aired in 2013 (thanks, Wikipedia!) and have just gone through and marked up all the one’s I’ve seen or want to see. It’s always nice to go through everything that I’ve watched/wanted to watch each year, since it provides a good refresher on things I otherwise would forget (my memory is usually only a season or two) and helps me see what really has stuck with me. I’ll probably be doing the same thing to my MAL account soon as well, where I’ll be reordering things and changing up my rating system to be more like Froggy-kun’s, since mine is a little dysfunctional at the moment.

hyouka new year

Anyways. Shows I’ve watched are in bold. Shows I wanted to watch but never really got around to are in red. If I particularly liked a show, I add in *’s after it. If I felt strongly about something related to the show, I’ve just jotted down a short comment afterwards.

Note: It seems the list didn’t include any shows that ended in 2013, so I’m missing a lot of good shows. This is something I’ll make sure to fix next year!

A

A Certain Magical Index
A Town Where You Live
Ace of Diamond
Ai Mai Mi
Aikatsu!
Aiura
AKB0048
Amnesia (visual novel)
Arata: The Legend
Arpeggio of Blue Steel
Attack on Titan** – God I love the OPs. The whole “grimdark” feel to the story also went over well with me – I really bought into the intense and oppressive atmosphere. While I agree that Shingeki no Kyojin‘s solid stance on social issues was definitely a plus, I’m not as convinced that it is entirely groundbreaking. The whole dynamic with humanity and the titans (AGHHHH THAT CLIFFHANGER), and the behavior of mankind in even the face of impending extinction was an aspect of the show I enjoyed much more.

B

Baku Tech! Bakugan
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Beast Saga
Beyond the Boundary – That ending. Besides that though, I enjoyed the lack of extensive monologuing about the world that seems to sometimes characterize shows like this. However, I do think the world wasn’t as fleshed out as it could have been, and opportunities to do so (even indirectly) were lost in order to make odd commentaries/meta-humor (that idol dance scene) and add comedy. Overall, it felt a little bit like Maoyu, which suffered from a little bit of the same “not sure what type of show/atmosphere we’re supposed to be setting up” thing as well.
BlazBlue Alter Memory
Blood Lad
Boku no imouto wa “Osaka-okan”
Brothers Conflict

C

Cardfight!! Vanguard
Chihayafuru
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter
Chronicles of the Going Home Club
Coppelion
I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job.
Cuticle Detective Inaba

D

Da Capo III
Danball Senki
Danchi Tomoo
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Made me realize just how much I love Hyouka. Also decently entertaining.
Date A Live – Made me legitimately angry at times and helped me figure out my true feelings concerning “romance”. Really not all that great though.
Day Break Illusion
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!** – Consistently funny and decently clever. Probably one of the best executed shows in its genre.
Devil Survivor 2: The Animation
Diabolik Lovers – Watching this has helped broaden my anime viewing tolerance. Still horrible.
Dog & Scissors
Dokidoki! PreCure

E

Eagle Talon (anime)
The Eccentric Family
Encouragement of Climb

F

Fafner in the Azure
Fantasista Doll
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya – The scene where Ilya was Archer was gold. Otherwise, not so much.
The Flowers of Evil (manga)*** – Regardless of the quality of the rotoscoping, the show was absolutely amazing. Bold, unsettling, and beautiful.
Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club – Although the guys acted like girls, this was a lot of fun to watch and really well done.
Freezing (manga)

G

Gaist Crusher
Galilei Donna
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet – Probably the biggest disappointment I’ve seen to date. The first episode contained so much potential for something grand, but the end results was something a little less so. Like Danganronpa, I probably would’ve enjoyed this more if I had discovered sooner that it wasn’t meant to be a sci-fi epic but only a really a story about Ledo.
Gatchaman Crowds
Gdgd Fairies
Genshiken
Gingitsune
GJ Club
Golden Time (novel series)
Gundam Build Fighters

H

Haganai– While a lot of people might have thought the ending was a little over the top, I appreciated them finally calling out Kodaka (and him admitting it!) for his typical harem lead behavior. Sena is also #1.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Hajime no Ippo
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
Hayate the Combat Butler
The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat.*
Heroes: Legend of the Battle Disks
High School DxD
Hyakka Ryōran – Such beautiful art sometimes, but such horrible plot…
Hyperdimension Neptunia (video game)

I

Inazuma Eleven GO (manga)
IS (Infinite Stratos) – Probably the 2nd biggest disappointment, after Gargantia. The complete non-ending grated with me, as did the ever-cheapening production values (which normally don’t bother me so much).
Ishida & Asakura– For whatever reason, I found these shorts to be absolutely hilarious.

J

Jewelpet (anime)

K

Karneval – I still don’t really understand what went on here.
Keiji (manga)
Ketsuekigata-kun!
Kill la Kill*** – So far, it’s everything I’d hoped it to be and more.
Kin-iro Mosaic
Kingdom (manga)
Kotoura-san – An absolute mess. The OP is catchy though.
Kuroko’s Basketball
Kyousougiga

L

Leviathan The Last Defense
Little Busters!** – Thank god for Refrain. The themes of growing up, of loss, and of friendship were great. The ending sort of negated a lot of the hard lessons the show seemed to be trying to tell us though (similar to Kyoukai no Kanata).
Log Horizon
Love Lab
Love Live!

M

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic** – Maybe it was because the were cramming loads of material into a short series, but I loved the rapid pacing of the show and the way it generally avoided some of the shounen cliches. The setting was fun and a nice change of pace as well. 2nd season is okay, but not loving it as much as the first.
Majestic Prince (manga)
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
Mangirl!
Maoyu – A prime example of a show that tries to be clever but really isn’t, and also doesn’t know what it should be focusing on.
Meganebu! – The color scheme is GORGEOUS.
Minami-ke
Miss Monochrome
Monogatari (series)*** – The best the series has ever been. The Kaiki arc especially was top form, and Gaen’s scenes have been great.
Muromi-san
Mushibugyo
My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU*** – I can’t love this show enough. I even wrote thousands of words adoring it and I still love it to tears.

N

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
Non Non Biyori

O

Oreimo** – I enjoyed this a lot more than most people. I’m still convinced the author is more clever than we give him credit for.
Oreshura
Outbreak Company** – Really good meta-humor, and nice soft power digs.

P

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
Photo Kano – Horrible. Absolutely not worth anyone’s time.
Pretty Rhythm
Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they?
Pupipō!

R

Railgun S
Recorder and Randsell
Red Data Girl
Ro-Kyu-Bu!
Rozen Maiden

S

Saint Seiya Omega
Samurai Flamenco– I still love my Super Sentai shows, and so I really appreciate what Samumenco is doing.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – My soft spot for Shaft knows no bounds. First couple episodes were great. The last couple were a mess and full of weird drama, but still pretty good.
Senran Kagura
Senyu – For Yamakan’s newest work, it’s just not really funny. There’s an art to 4th-wall type humor, and it’s been done so many times that what Senyuu tried to do just isn’t really that funny anymore. Damn the postmodern condition.
Servant x Service
The Severing Crime Edge– For whatever reason, I really liked this show (after I had gotten over being super angry at it). It made me legitimately uncomfortable.
Silver Spoon (manga)** – You don’t get very many of these relaxing shows anymore. I also really empathize with Hachiken.
Sparrow’s Hotel
Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³
Straight Title Robot Anime
Strike the Blood** – Such anime. Also inspired my foray into investigating Germanic influence in anime.
Sunday Without God
Super Seisyun Brothers
Symphogear

T

Tamako Market
Tamayura
Tanken Driland
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
Teekyu
Tenkai Knights
Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono
Tokyo Ravens

U

Unbreakable Machine-Doll – Yaya is the worst.
Uta no Prince-sama

V

Valvrave the Liberator
Vividred Operation

W

Walkure Romanze: Shōjo Kishi Monogatari – Jousting porn and stuff.
Wanna be the Strongest in the World
WataMote** – Cringe-worthy humor and a fantastic adaptation of the source material. Tomoko is a fantastic (if frustrating and somewhat depressing) character.
White Album 2
The World God Only Knows

Y

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san
Yowamushi Pedal
Yozakura Quartet – All quartet will lead to the LA LA LA LA LA LA LA. Tons of fun. Really cool world and a pleasant cast. Also enjoyed the OVA.
Yuyushiki

Z

Zettai Karen Children

And that’s that. If you have any thoughts or think I’m missing something, let me know!

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8 responses to “2013: Year in Review

  1. Not including shows that started in 2012 but ended in 2013. Because I’m not seeing Psycho Pass or From the New World/Shinsekai Yori.

    • Huh – I guess so. I should probably look for a list of shows which includes 2012 shows that finished in 2013, because I loved both Psycho-Pass and Shinsekai. I guess this is what I get for attempting to scrape Wikipedia. Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. —Also missing Sakurasou, I think, but I always count shows in the year that they end, since the ending is so damn important. (SSY, I’m looking at you!)

    —”That ending.” Are you referring to Kyoukai no Kanata’s ED (which is pretty great), last couple of episodes (which were solid), or the LAST TEN GODDAMN SECONDS (“Could you do me a favor and put these glasses on?”), because there is a massive disparity in quality between these things.

    —I’m glad people are so willing to apply the word “beautiful” to Aku no Hana.

    —Best two-word review of Strike the Blood possible. oh wow

    —I meant to say this on that Date a Live post, but if you have any tolerance at all for seeing romantic drama played totally straight, you might find White Album 2 interesting in terms of the characters’ motivations and such (how much of the drama comes from them trying to mold their relationship into some idealized form of what they think it should be?), but I really dunno. It’s a hard one to recommend.

    —Holy fuck there are a lot of shows I never got around to watching but need to.

    —The links to your posts and thoughts on the various shows throughout the year…. Did you mean to make this a Year in Review for this blog? Because I’ve gotta say: this has become quite a place over the past year. Thanks for your hard work, and I greatly look forward to the next year!

    • I always count shows in the year that they end

      I would agree. I’ll make sure to troll around for a better list next year, because all the shows I missed were pretty much my favorites.

      ”That ending.”

      The last ten seconds. I actually really liked the ED, and agree that the last few episodes were quite solid.

      I’m with you on Aku no Hana!

      Your review for Strike the Blood > my review.

      I might look into White Album 2. I’ve not been as into the whole DORAMA scene as of late though (although I watched loads in high school), but it would be a start.

      there are a lot of shows I never got around to watching

      My thoughts exactly haha.

      Did you mean to make this a Year in Review for this blog?

      Sort of – I mean, it’s sort of a little bit of both, really. I didn’t really try and add in everything Rebecca and I have done though, since I was commenting things quickly sort of as they came by, so it’s not necessarily a “thorough” Year in Review for the blog.

      Thanks for…

      Thanks you for reading and commenting! :)

  3. It’s good to keep track of the shows one’s watched. I need to start something like this, since I have a bad habit of watching 10+ different anime at the same time before dropping them.
    I’m surprised to find someone else who likes Severing Crime Edge! It’s such a weird show that vacillates between cutesy moe and really grim and disturbing moments. Must be all of those really weird fetishes the Authors have. I will never look at hair-cutting the same way again.
    Also, watch Valvrave! You will either love it or hate it but it is so much fun.

    • Crime Edge was odd, but I loved it. Glad to hear there’s more fans out there!

      Oh man. Now I HAVE to watch Valvrave at some point. Maybe when I’m taking a break from Imocho I’ll start making my way through it lol.

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