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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Anime This Winter 2013

Here is a list of some of the new anime being released this Winter:

AKB0048 next stage (TV)

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Alternative title:
          AKB0048 Second Stage (Japanese) 
Genres: drama, science fiction 
Themes: Idols, Mecha, Music 
Objectionable content: Mild 
Plot Summary: In the year since the 77th generation understudies joined AKB0048, the Deep Galactic Trade Organization [DGTO] and DES have stepped up their attacks on entertainment. In response, AKB0048 brings back the general elections and the center nova position. The understudies are now thrusted into a new competition directly against the successors. But as AKB0048 brings back policies not seen since Acchan's disappearance, a new more powerful enemy is quietly moving behind the scenes.

Haganai NEXT (TV)

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Alternative title: 
          Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT 
               (Japanese)
          僕は友達が少ないNEXT 
               (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy, romance 
Themes: fanservice, harem, love polygon, school, tsundere
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: The adventures of the Neighbor's Club continue, with more understanding of their members, new friends, and of course, lots of laughs.

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (TV)

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Alternative title:
          Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun 
               (Japanese)
          八犬伝 ―東方八犬異聞― 
               (Japanese)
          八犬傳 ―東方八犬異聞― 
               (Chinese (Taiwan)) 
Genres: supernatural 
Plot Summary: Five years ago, almost every villager of Ootsuka died due to a tragic plague. But mysteriously enough, three survivors: a girl and two boys, emerged. Now living in a church, the three live in isolation, hidden from those who may seek to find them. Shino, one of the survivors, has control over the power of Murasame, the blade of life. But when the imperial church seeks to take the Murasame for themselves, their peaceful life becomes a thing of the past...

Hetalia The Beautiful World (TV)
 
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Alternative title:
          ヘタリア The Beautiful World 
               (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy 
Opening Theme: 
"Mawaru Chikyū Rondo (まわる地球ロンド)" by Daisuke Namikawa 
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ヘタリアドットコム*ヘタリア (Japanese) 
Plot Summary: Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history. (This is a continuation of the first series.) 
 
Kotoura-san (TV)
 
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Alternative title:
          琴浦さん (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy, drama, psychological, romance 
Themes: kibou no hana joejack remix, school 
Plot Summary: Haruka, a girl who suffers during her childhood due to her ability to read people's mind, is starting her high-school life in a new school. When she transferred in, she feels that her life will be the same as ever, but then she meets Manabe, a guy who always think about erotic things, and a club consisting of people who don't afraid of her ability. With Manabe and her clubmates around, her gloomy life slowly start to bloom and enjoyable.

Love Live! School idol project (TV)

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Alternative title:
          ラブライブ! School idol project 
               (Japanese) 
Themes: idols, school 
Plot Summary: Honoka Kōsaka loves her school. That's why it's bad news for her when she finds out it's being shut down due to lack of new students. In order to bring in more students, Honoka decides to start a "school idol group", which is certain to get the eyes of the public. To make this dream a reality, she gathers together her close friends and classmates to make the best idol unit possible.


MAOYU (TV)

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Alternative title:
          Maoyū Maō Yūsha (Japanese)
          まおゆう魔王勇者 (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy, fantasy, romance 
Themes: demon girl, medieval, sword and sorcery, swordsman 
Objectionable content: Significant 
Plot Summary: The story is set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans' greatest hero invades the Demon Queen's castle determined to vanquish her. However, instead of fighting back, the Queen proposes an alliance with the Hero. She explains how a sudden end to the war can bring further chaos to the world as the Humans once united to stand against their common enemies would eventually begin fighting among themselves, with similar issues already occurring at the Demon Realm. Convinced by her words, the Hero joins forces with the Queen and together they execute a plan to bring prosperity and a lasting peace to both Humans and Demons alike.

Oreshura (TV)

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Alternative title: 
          Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga 
               Shuraba Sugiru (Japanese) 
          俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる 
               (Japanese)
          俺修羅 (Japanese) 
Genres: comedy, drama, romance 
Themes: love triangle, school 
Objectionable content: Mild 
Plot Summary: A young boy called Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents' divorce and his goal, he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair, who's just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.


Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they? (TV)
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Alternative title: 
          Mondaiji tachi ga Isekai kara 
               Kuru soudesuyo? (Japanese)
          問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ? 
               (Japanese) 
Genres: action, comedy, fantasy 
Themes: superpowers 
Plot Summary: Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe are three "special" teenagers, who want something different than their current lives. Suddenly, they receive invitations to a world called "Little Garden" from Black Rabbit and get transported to where a completely new world filled with adventure and challenges await them and will put their "gifts" to the test.

PUCHIM@S
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Alternative title:  
          Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- 
               (Japanese) 
          ぷちます!-プチ・アイドルマスター- 
               (Japanese) 
Plot Summary: One day, idols Ami & Mami Futami bring back a little something they found on the street to the 765Pro agency. That something was "Afuu" and "Yukipo", teeny creatures that looks almost exactly like Miki and Yukiho, except petit and pudgy. Although they started with one, pretty soon a barrage of "Puchidols" start flowing into the office, and things get lively.

Vividred Operation (TV)

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Alternative title:
          ビビッドレッド・オペレーション 
               (Japanese) 
Genres: action, science fiction 
Plot Summary: In Oshima the happy, carefree 14-year-old Akane Isshiki lived a poor but well-loved life together with her reliable little sister, Momo, who does all the housework, and her grandfather, Kenjirou, a genius inventor who only created useless devices. When the weather is clear, they can see the artificial island, Blue Island, across the sea. In the center of that island rises the revolutionary Manifestation Engine, a discovery that solved the world's energy problems, and leads to some major problems.

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