We continue our trek through the best anime of 2013! First we explored Winter’s best offerings, then the best springtime debuts and now I would like to introduce you to Anime Summer ’13. I took the time to watch 10 new anime episodes to determine what’s amazing what’s not so much. But looking through these entries you should certainly find something that appeals to you.
As usual, I picked the anime at random to remain impartial. I took a look at the new titles that Crunchyroll provided and wrote them down without reading about them beforehand. That way, I can be genuinely surprised and enjoy the episode without others spoiling it for me. However, compared to the last season, I used much different criteria this time around. In fact, the criteria I used are exactly the one from winter season so I didn’t feel burned out like I did the last season. As usual, I will only watch new anime and none from well-established series.
Also, I’m providing the link to each episode after my short comment about particular anime. Some of you pointed out you were having hard time locating certain anime on so I thought it would be best if I just link the each episode so you guys can go ahead watch conveniently and let us know what you think. I’ll keep doing this moving forward to reduce the hassle for you guys.
I hope that this list will be useful to you guys and by providing a solid overview of what to expect. And if you don’t find something you love here you can always check out the summer season list that is provided by Crunchyroll to check out even more anime!
Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club
This is one of the most hyped titles for this season. Honestly, this anime reminds me so much of Kuroko’s Basketball, which contained a lot of yaoi elements. Now, it shouldn’t be surprising that a lot of fangirls happen to enjoy this type of stuff but it doesn’t really appeal to me at all. For me, it just feels weird to see group of 4 highly muscular guys running around and obsessing over swimming.
What this anime has to offer besides yaoi elements is the growth of the characters and perspective on young athletes in their prime. I find this to be very interesting because it offers strong insight into athletes and their mindsets. Also, it offers compelling back story on the characters so you can understand the motivation of each character, which should make it easier to appreciate future episodes.
Still, this anime seems like it cannot shake the yaoi elements. For example, the names of 4 main characters are somewhat feminine, which caused some people to think that they’re girls. I honestly think that this can turn out to be a great anime if it didn’t rely so heavily on yaoi.
I will give this a high recommend if you can get past yaoi elements.
Dog and Scissors
This is a pretty bizarre and surreal anime. It opens with a woman trying to attack the dog with scissors, hence the title. I was not sure what would happen in this episode but as it progressed I was very surprised at how well done this anime is.
The protagonist has a serious obsession with books, to the point where his apartment is just chock-full of them. Also, he collected a lot of serious points on his point card at his local bookstore, which should tell you how much he loves literary escapes. But the main focus of this episode is that he’s waiting for his favorite author to release the final volume in one of his favorite series. He is so eager about reading the final volume that he simply cannot let anything come between him and his goal.
The second half of the episode just gets weirder, given the circumstances. The interactions between the main characters are really interesting, given what recently happen but you can truly relate to the protagonist because he wants to read the books so much. As voracious reader, I can relate to him on that. I don’t think PETA and animal lovers would really like this anime that much, due to more than a few questionable scenes.
I thought this anime is pretty well done so I’d say give it a shot.
Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3
It opens like typical high school anime with the protagonist getting accepted to a prestigious school. However, this anime tricked me big time when the opening credit was playing, which revealed that this is straight up girls and gun show. Now, I’m not overly familiar with the girls and gun genre so I’m taking a big interest in this anime.
We see 2 different storylines evolve in this anime. One with the protagonist trying to fit in at her new school and another where the club trying to recruit new members. But the issue with the club is that they like guns and survival games a bit too much. This makes it difficult for them to lure new members so they begin work on new strategies for recruitment.
The action sequences in this anime are very well done, despite that it’s just a game. I can feel the tension when the suspense is getting taut throughout the action sequences. Also, I really like how this anime references Rambo a lot since it’s a classic 80s action movie. There are a lot of things to enjoy from this anime.
I’ll recommend this one especially if you’re a fan of action genre films.
WATEMOTE – No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular
Wow, I’m very impressed with this anime. I was surprised by how the story delivers in some ways that I did not expect at all. Honestly, I’m very used to anime where a lonely protagonist complains about being alone in an opener episode and then all of a sudden, he or she has bunch of friends show up out of nowhere. Thankfuully that’s not at all what happened in this episode which only made the story stronger.
The animation in this episode is very well done, with a variety of solid visuals. In some ways, you can truly sense of how truly lonely the protagonist is. Throughout the episode, we see her rely on her computer and electronic devices to occupy the time. We even see a really neat reference to Death Note but it doesn’t detract from the story at all. It’s also endlessly amusing to see her relying on dating simulations so she can figure out on how to talk to normal people.
In one scene, the protagonist realized that she is very lonely and tries to step out of her comfort zone at her own pace. I thought it truly captures of what anime is trying to show and I’m very excited to see future episodes. I believe that the future episodes will be fascinating, based on what has been revealed so far.
Definitely check this one out.
Sunday without God
This is another superb anime debuting this summer. The story and characters gel so well that I was able to enjoy the whole episode. Basically, the concept of this anime is about how people deal with their morality. In opening scene, we see the protagonist, a very young girl, who is chosen to be a gravekeeper.
Basically, the girl has to dig the graves for everyone in the village. But this turns out to be somewhat menial chore because it served as a distraction for the protagonist. However, it doesn’t mean that the role of protagonist is useless because it is very relevant to the story when the stranger make an appearance in second half. The background of the protagonist serve as an engine that propels the entire episode and it makes future episodes look more than promising.
I believe that this anime has a lot to offer in future episodes, due to the ending of the pilot episode. However, for those seeking a ton of fan service and action scenes you might want to look elsewhere. This is one of those thought provoking anime that will challenge the viewers, which is something I adore in my anime.
Unless you’re looking for straight up action, give this one a look.
Servant x Service
This is about a group of office workers in civil service for their city. Along the way, they are trying to learn the ropes and stay sane in a chaotic environment. I find this anime to be pretty interesting because of the different personalities clashing with each other. There’s a slacker guy who just about steals every scene he’s in because of his motivation to avoid work.
However, one of the main characters has a very distinct motivation for why they chose to work specifically in civil service. So it will be very interesting to see what happens in future episodes. Meanwhile, the main characters have to struggle to figure out on how to deal with clients and juggling the responsibilities in the office.
I really like this anime because of the strong interactions between the different personalities in an office environment. Honestly, this anime I can truly recommend to everyone. I was really surprised by how strong this season’s showing was especially considering last season.
This is a very visually arresting show. The animation quality is very high and there are quite few colorful scenes that really catch the eye and draw you in. I was also quite impressed with the character designs- especially their battle suits. If nothing else you could fire up this anime out of a pure lust for eye candy.
However, there are other elements as well that make this show pretty good. The protagonist doesn’t freak out when being placed in very unusual situations. Instead, she’s in awe of everything and is immensely curious. It feels very refreshing to see a truly different kind of the protagonist. The usual cliché of people being recruited to battle the aliens on Earth is being utilized here but it is being told in vastly different and refreshing way, which scores it bonus points immediately.
It stays captivating because of the questions it poses. Will the protagonist handle her duty very well? Can her superiors put up with her attitude? Can we see a lot of oh-so-awesome action scenes in future episodes? I think that lot of people will enjoy this anime for what it is and I’m happy to recommend it.
Day Break Illusion
Ah, one of those magical girls anime. I myself don’t mind this genre but I do feel bad for the character designers. Those people have to come up with different visuals for female characters on a constant basis. That being said, the character designs in this anime are pretty well done. Akari, the protagonist, has good solid look that enables her to stand out from other characters.
Akari really wants to be fortune teller just like her mother. However, she’s torn between some people trying to discourage her while other support her unwaiveringly. One thing that she will learn is that there are consequences from being fortune teller. But you’ll get that when really serious stuff hits the fan in second half of the episode. Honestly, I was so surprised at the turn of events that I couldn’t help feeling bad for Akari.
The ending of the episode leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I plan to find out the answers by watching more from this new series since the first episode showed so much promise. Let’s hope that the story can sustain itself for the duration of the series.
Yes, I will definitely recommend this one.
The Eccentric Family
This is a pretty quirky anime but I dig it very much. Honestly, it’s kind of hard for me to describe this show because it is so surreal. Also, I’m not really familiar with Japanese mythology, which this anime is based on. However, I do know that it’s pretty good stuff that stays entertaining.
Basically, it’s about the main character who is a shape shifter that has an uneasy relationship with his family. He frequently visit this old man whose happens to have the same supernatural powers and their relationship appears to be very complicated.
Because the concept was so different I was taken back. Still, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are some people who are willing to take the risks in executing this concept so I will keep my eyes out for future episodes. I’m still figuring out why the protagonist is so quirky but I’m sure it’ll be revealed soon.
This is probably the dark horse for this season so far. I highly recommend this one because it’s so quirky and has fresh take on anime by utilizing the Japanese mythology in a modern setting.
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
It opens with a genius student finding out that his uncle hasn’t paid his tuition. So he is going back home to figure out what happened. Along the way, he runs into pretty unusual characters and situations that are beyond his understanding. It only drew his ire because he doesn’t believe in supernatural stuff since he is a realist whose prefers to believe in modern science.
Honestly, this anime reminds me so much of Black Butler. I don’t think it is a bad comparison since Black Butler is still popular among the fangirls. This anime doesn’t depend on certain gags and puns like Black Butler does so the story doesn’t feel very convoluted, which is something that I like.
If you’re into supernatural stuff and enjoy Black Butler, I think you would dig this anime a lot. It’s not a direct clone of BB so just treat it as a separate entity and I think you will enjoy it for what it is.
I was so surprised that I was enjoying virtually all of the anime that I had chosen at random for this season. It certainly supplants the last season in terms of the quality, that’s for sure. This season provide more variety in anime so it makes it very easy for me to enjoy different anime without having to suffer through half a dozen from the same genre. This is a huge contrast from last season, which I can definitely appreciate.
But I think that you guys should find something that appeal to you. I mean, I’m easily amused guy whose can definitely enjoy eclectic stuff that anime has to provide so my tastes may not suit yours. Nonetheless, I’m so impressed with this season and can’t wait to watch even more anime this time around.
Hopefully, this guide has been very helpful to you guys. Be sure to have fun watching anime and let me know what you think below!