Summer Anime 2013! Impressions and Opinions – Part 1

Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei – The Animation

Episode one of Danganronpa showed off an interesting cast and a sinister setting. I’m not familiar with the video game it’s based on but already I want to check it out. The 15 players and the malicious ‘Moonbear’ are all colourfully animated and open up a lot of potential for something deep and exciting. I hope the 13-episode format leaves enough time to wrap up all the potential this series appears to have. It’s going to be fun wondering who’s going to get butchered each episode and who will survive. I’m already excited to watch it unfold. Fun, somewhat quirky OP was also a stand out.


As for the characters – I really like Kyouko (she seems way to mysterious to die early), Celestia (dem drills), Oogami (I can’t see him living very long though – he could probably kill every other character in seconds) and Chihiro. Pretty much all of them seem interesting and well-designed. The MC (Naegi) is already kind of annoying though, but it’s not a big deal.


Possibly the most hyped release this season – Gay Swimming! Free! instantly reminded us why KyoAni are very professional at what they do. Free! is superbly animated and you don’t have to be a die-hard Fujoshi to enjoy it for what it is. OST was good and there’s already plenty of intrigue surrounding Rin in particular. His sister, Gou, is also interesting and may become the catalyst for drama later on due to her previous connection with the main characters.


Free! has not exactly set itself up to compete with the success of certain KyoAni productions in the past but it’s still enjoyable. First episode was good.

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu

It seems like Gainax have decided to jump on the cute-girls-doing-cute-things-with-military-hardware train that has been steamrolling various producers to considerable financial success. The result? Not bad, actually! It appears that Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu is not following the path of innuendo and trashy gags popularized by Uppotte! which is definitely a good thing.


Episode one of C³-bu was quite enjoyable. Our MC (Yamato Yura) is a fairly akward loner… and also the target recruit of a particularly strange club that enjoys war games and all things fully-automatic. The club offers Yura a sense of belonging in a new school, but she’s a little terrified of their hobby. The club members are all suitably zany and idiosyncratic, the script is funny and genuine. I feel like it’s going to be fun watching this one unfold each week. C³-bu’s animation is not as intricate or flashy as some of the other offerings this season – but there’s a whole lot to make up for it.

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

Awkwardly shortended to KKK, Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku’s debut episode was fun but the only real stand-out was Natsuki’s insanely tall ahoge. Being self-referential in nature, I hope it somehow gets talked about or comes to take on a life of its own… But that’s enough wild speculation. KKK is a bit like Nichijou mixed with Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, and a hint of GJ-bu thrown in. It’s humorous and light hearted – but seems to be lacking in substance. None of the characters are really interesting yet, but there’s still plenty of time to see them evolve a little.


That said, KKK still had some hilarious moments scattered across its first episode and was still totally worth the watch. Not a stand-out, but fun slice-of-life all the same.

More to come…

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