2013 in Anime

Japanese Anime is one of the most decent art and entertainment productions in the world. I started watching anime thoroughly after I was fascinated by Studio Ghibli’s films. This year I grow even fonder towards anime and I’ve been having a lot of feelings: happiness, sadness, excitement, sentiment, etc. And naturally I grow fonder to Japanese language. These are 13 notable anime of 2013.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Fall 2012 – Winter 2013

Main Voice actors: Kaori Ishahara (Aladdin), Yuki Kaji (Alibaba), Haruka Tomatsu (Morgiana)
Aladdin is a Magi, person who possesses strong magical power. When he meets Alibaba, a king’s Bastard son, and conquers a dungeon, he declares he wants to make Alibaba the King among all of kings. This anime is based on manga of the same name. The story is adapted and makes a lot of references from the Arabian’s epic story “One Thousand and One Nights”, which I think is very unique. The graphic is also created in a good way. The series was renewed for the second season that is currently on-going from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014. Rating: 9/10

Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)
Fall 2012 – Winter 2013
A-1 Pictures

Main Voice Actors: Risa Taneda (Saki Watanabe), Yuki Kaji (Satoru Asahina), Mai Toudou (Shun Aonuma), Kana hanazawa (Maria Akizuki), Takagi Motoki (Mamoru Itou)
Based on a novel of the same name, Shinsekai Yori tells about a story that happened hundreds of years (probably a millennium) from our time when people lived with a special power of Telekinesis. The story revolved between 5 teenagers who lived in a peaceful village that actually hid secrets. One day when the went on a field trip they met a forbidden creature (that is actually a moving library) that revealed the facts about the origin of their power. Their lives were never the same since then. In my opinion, the story is very good and somehow provoking. The plot flows in the most unexpected way. And the author also brought up about LGBT issue, mostly about bisexuality, when at some points there were stories about Shun-Satoru, Saki-Maria, Maria-Mamoru, and Saki-Satoru relationships. Rating: 9/10

Fall 2012 – Winter 2013
Production I.G

Voice Actors: Tomozaku Seki (Shinya Kougami), Takahiro Sakurai (Shougo Makishima), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunimori)
Also taking place in the future time, the society built a system called Psycho-Pass: an artificial intelligence that assess criminals’ psychological hazards. The criminal rates could all be maintained pretty well because all bad intentions that people might have would not be left un-scanned by the system. Until there was an outbreak of serial murders that was directed by one person whose the psychological state always assessed under 100 (means: a person with no potential of committing crimes) even he committed horrible crimes. I love cyberpunk! It reminds me of Deadman Wonderland (2011). 9/10

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East)
Season 1: Winter 2013 | Season 2: Summer 2013
Studio DEEN

Main Voice Actors: Tetsuya Kakihara (Shino Inuzuka), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Murasame), Satoshi Hino (Sousuke Inukawa)
The story is about 8 guys who were said to be the designated 8 warriors of some kind of ancient-mythical princess. All of them had the same things in common: their surname had the word “dog” (Japanese: 犬, Romaji: Inu) in it and each of them held a bead with a word that represents each warrior. The anime was aired in two seasons and was based on a manga of the same name, which i think it has a very complicated and heavy plot to understand. But it’s notable nonetheless. 8/10

Spring 2013
Bandai Visual

Voice Actors: Hiro Shimono (Nai), Hiroshi Kamiya (Gareki)
When Nai was being left behind by Karoku, he went out to look for him. Only using Karoku’s bracelet as a clue, he wandered and met Gareki in the process. Gareki told him that the bracelet belonged to a group called Circus, a secret government bureau that specialised in taking down criminal mutants called Vargas. Somehow Nai and Gareki were involved with Circus and their adventure began. One thing I’d say: Hiro Shimono is always suitable voicing shota character. 8/10

Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
Season 1: Spring 2013 | Season 2: Fall 2013

Main Voice Actors: Ryouta Osaka (Haruto Tokishima), Ryouhei Kimura (L-Elf)
The world were divided by three ruling area: the Dorssia—a military based monarchy (concentrated in the real world Europe), ARUS—a superpower country (concentrated in the real world America continent), and JIOR—a group of free people who had no government and military forces (concentrated in the real world Asia). The story began when Dorssians attacked a JIORian school to seize several units of combat robot called Valvrave. A boy named Haruto, who thought his love-interest were killed in the siege, found the units and piloted one of them to avenged her (who was actually still alive). By doing so, he sacrificed his humanity. Little did they know that the Dorssians who commanded the siege were actually controlled by a life form they yet to recognise. The war began since then. This anime reminds me a lot of Code Geass, even though the Code Geass has a lot better and emotional story than this. But it is one of the best anime of the year. 9/10

Suisei no Gargantia (Gargantia the Verdurous Planet)
Spring 2013
Production I.G

Main Voice Actors: Kaito Ishikawa (Ledo), Hisako Kanemoto (Amy)
In the future, Earth went through an apocalypse of second ice age. People escaped light years away to the outer space and formed a civilisation. Hundreds of years later, a soldier who was being defeated by an enemy called Hideauze warped himself out and found himself stranded in the now all ocean-covered Earth. While living as an extraterrestrial life-form in a ship fortress called Gargantia, he learned about his origin as human from Earth and the horrible facts about his arch-enemy Hideauze. The graphic and the scenery of this anime are magnificent. This is a must-watch anime of all time. I’m glad they renewed it for the second season! 9/10

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000%
Spring 2013
A-1 Pictures

Main Voice Actors: Miyuki Sawashiro (Haruka Nanami), Takuma Terashima (Otoya Ittoki), Kenichi Suzumura (Masato Hijirkawa), Kishou Taniyama (Natsuki Shinomiya), Mamoru Miyano (Tokiya Ichinose), Junichi Suwabe (Ren Jinguuji), Hiro Shimono (Syo Kurusu)
“Ni sen pa~ saiko na LOVE! Hajimaru yo, YES, HAPPY LIFE! Omataseshimashita…” Can’t get enough of STARISH and their MAJI LOVE 1000%? A-1 Pictures brought us the MAJI LOVE 2000%! I swear the theme song were all over my head during spring. This anime is adapted from a visual novel that revolved about a girl who dreamed of being a song-writer and wrote songs for idols. This is practically an otome game. 8/10

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Spring – Summer 2013
Production I.G

Main Voice Actors: Yuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman), Marina Inoue (Armin Arlert), Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi), Daisuke Ono (Irwin Smith)
This is an epic anime television series based on an epic manga of the same name. The story took place in an unclear future world where human cage themselves inside three-layered gigantic walls—Maria, Rose, Sina—in order to bar and protect themselves from the man-eating Titans that roam free outside the Walls. The origin of the Titans was still not clear. But the story began when a 50 meters tall Colossal titan and an Armored titan breeched Shiganshina—one of the small towns at the most peripheral spots of the Wall Maria. The titans flooded in and killing almost everyone in the town including Eren Jaeger’s mother. Devastated by his mother’s death, he—along with his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman and his bestfriend Armin Arlert—dedicated his life to become the member of the Survey Corps—one of three military forces—whose task was going outside the Walls, tracking and hunting down Titans. Shingeki no Kyojin is one of the most colossal franchises in Japanese anime television and manga industries. The setting adapts the Victorian era of the Europe (mostly Germany) which I think makes it more epic. And I love the theme songs by LINKED HORIZON which delivered the feelings right in the kokoro. I don’t have any hesitation for saying that THIS IS THE BEST ANIME TELEVISION SERIES IN 2013! 10/10

Brothers Conflict
Summer 2013
Brain’s Base

Voice Actors: Rina Satou (Ema), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Masaomi), Daisuke Hirakawa (Ukyo), Junichi Suwabe (Kaname), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Hikaru), Kenichi Suzumura (Tsubaki), Kousuke Toriumi (Azusa), Tomoaki Maeno (Natsume), Ken Takeuchi (Louis), Daisuke Ono (Subaru), Daisuke Namikawa (Iori), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Yusuke), KENN (Fuuto), Yuki Kaji (Wataru), Hiroshi Kamiya (Juli)
“My sister, mecha-kucha ni aishiteru. Yasashii dake no kisu nara ii no ka i?” That ending song was always catchy. Based on an otome game/visual novel, this story tells about Ema whose dad married a woman who had 13 sons, the Asahina Brothers. It couldn’t get any weirder when all the brothers fall in love with her. OMG. Among the brothes, I think the triplets Tsubaki-Asuna-Natsume stand-out the most. 8/10

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club
Summer 2013
Kyoto Animation

Main Voice Actors: Megumi Matsumoto (Haruka Nanase), Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Makoto Tachibana), Mamoru Miyano (Rin Matsuoka), Tsubasa Yonaga (Nagisa Hazuki), Daisuke Hirakawa (Rei Ryuugazaki)
The first swimming anime ever I’ve ever watched! If Shingeki no Kyojin served as the anime that pumped my blood up during summer, Free! made my summer happy and bright. The story revolved around Haruka, Makoto, and Nagisa revived a swim club in their high school, and recruited an amateur Rei in the process. The quartet entered swimming competitions and somehow competed with Haruka’s, Makoto’s and Nagisa’s swimming teammate in grade school, Rin. It was not just an ordinary rivalry since there was an issue in their past relationships, especially between Haruka and Rin. This anime was really refreshing. Especially the moe Nagisa! 9/10

Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
Summer 2013

Main Voice Actors: Ryouhei Kimura (Hachiken Yuugo), Marie Miyake (Aki Mikage)
Back to nature! This anime is based on a manga of the same name who mainly tells about Hachiken Yuugo, a middle schooler who didn’t know what to do with his future but decided to enter a farming/agriculture high school based on homeroom teacher’s advice. Unlike his new school mates whose family mostly running farming, agriculture, or food processing business, he didn’t know anything at all about all of those things. But as he went through his days at the school, he learned, he found meaning about what he his life was about, and he grew up. This is e very beautiful anime about life, nature, animals, food, and all the things nice you’d find in the countryside. I didn’t realised until recently that the author of Gin no Saji is actually the same person who created Fullmetal Alchemist. Awesome! The anime was renewed for second season in Winter 2014. 10/10

Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundaries)
Fall 2013
Kyoto Animation

Main Voice Actors: KENN (Kanbara Akihito), Risa Taneda (Kuriyama Mirai), Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Hiroomi Nase), Minori Chihara (Mitsuki Nase)
Remember Hyouka (2012)? Kyokai no Kanata is a novel that was adapted into anime tv series by the same production house that beautifully created Hyouka: Kyoto Animation. The result? Magnificent. Beautifully and delicately animated. The dialogs were scripted in the most amusing way. The “perverted” duo Akihito Kanbara and Hiroomi Nase were the best! I wasn’t surprised that it was KENN who voiced Akihito. It was perfect. But I was surprised when Tatsuhisa Suzuki (seiyuu who also voiced Makoto on “Free!”) could greatly live a character like Hiroomi! It has a heartbreaking ending though. 9/10

Not to mention, I must give credits to other 2013 anime that I’ve watched. They are beautiful, they are magnificent, and they rock at the best possible way!

Fall 2012 – Winter 2013
Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest)

Winter 2013
Tamako Market
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Demon King and Hero)

Spring 2013
Aku no Hana (The Flower of Evil)
Devil Survivors 2: The Animation
Hataraku Maou-sama (The Devil is a Part-Timer)
Red Data Girl

Summer 2013
Blood Lad
Gatchaman Crowds
Genshiken Nidaime
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
Uchouten Kazoku (The Eccentric Family)

Fall 2013
Diabolik Lovers
Super Seisyun Brothers
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta

Some of the following anime will probably come out on my 2014 Anime Kaleidoscope.

Fall 2013 – Winter 2014
Ace of Diamond
Golden Time
Kuroko no Basuke 2 (Kuroko’s Basketball 2)
Log Horizon
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea)
Samurai Flamenco
Tokyo Ravens

Fall 2013 – Summer 2013
Yowamushi Pedal