Guilty Crown 12-15

Killing off the driving force behind the series was the best thing that ever happened to Guilty Crown.

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Black Rock Shooter 1-4

The romantic drama of a schoolgirl and her friends is acted out through surreal prismatic CG battles.

In case C wasn’t enough, here’s more proof that spending half your show on computer generated fight scenes won’t guarantee quality, but might guarantee QUALITY.

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Senhime Zesshou Symphogear 1-3

Melodious magical maidens maul myriad masses of multicolored monsters.

While I had not been expecting to see a magical girl mecha series, I was even more surprised when I found a magical girl musical. But while the writers certainly got the ‘magical girl’ and ‘musical’ parts down, they really mailed in the setting.

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Area no Kishi 1-3

A boy, the younger brother of one of the best soccer players in Japan, has his life changed forever after one fateful accident.

When writing up my season preview, I read the first few chapters of the manga and found it rather good. Then I watched the first three episodes of the anime, and realized that I was horribly mistaken.

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Nisemonogatari 1-3

First things first, even with a different name, Nisemonogatari is the second season of Bakemonogatari, and without the background from the first show, you will hardly understand anything. That being said, I have mixed but generally positive feelings about the sequel.

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Brave 10 1-2

A ninja rescues a shrine maiden from some other ninjas, and then there is a lot of fighting.

In retrospect, I’m not sure why I was expecting this show to be good. I guess I thought it would be something like House of Five Leaves, but with more bishounen and more fighting. As you may have guessed, it isn’t.

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Rinne no Lagrange 1-4

The most energetic girl in the world is chosen to pilot a giant robot, and she and two other girls fight against invaders from outer space.

Honestly, I never expected to see a magical girl mecha anime. And it appears that Xebec won the quality coin toss this time, so we’re getting a Mnemosyne rather than a Rio: Rainbow Gate!

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Aquarion Evol 1-3

A boy meets a girl, falls in love with her, and uses his feelings to awaken a legendary robot in order to fight aliens from another dimension.

It was the music in the previews that convinced me to watch the show, and it does indeed sound wonderful. It’s also the prettiest anime I’ve seen so far this season, with pretty battles and beautifully animated characters. On top of all that, some effort has even been put into making the protagonist something other than an amalgamation of tropes and clich├ęs.

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