Since we’re approaching the end of another year, I thought I would list off my favourites from the 2013 anime season. The 2013 anime season is my first full year of watching anime on a season to season basis, scoping out anime lists weeks in advanced and then picking out which series to follow. This list will be the shows I enjoyed most based on my own personal preferences and I’m sure everyone has a different opinion on which series should make their list. I decided not to include the Fall 2012 leftovers and only included series that started in the 2013 anime season (no Psycho-Pass, Zetsuen no Tempest, Sakurasou, although I really enjoyed them).
10. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next (Haganai Next) – Winter 2013
Prior to watching the second season, I managed to marathon through the first season a few weeks prior to it. Overall it was a light hearted series that was pretty generic with an enjoyable cast and decent comedy. However, the second season added a clear story and direction to what everything was building towards. I feel that the first season was more devoted to the introduction of characters and just establishing their personalities through silly interactions while Next focused on developing the characters’ and deepening their relationships with each other. I’d recommend Haganai Next to anyone who enjoys comedies, drama, romance, and harem genres!
9. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (Oregairu) – Spring 2013
Oregairu was a rather interesting series where 2/3 of the main casts are socially awkward people. While Yukino is separated from her classmates based on her status (rich, beautiful, smart), Hachiman is isolated due to his extreme cynicism he developed after his middle school years. The witty dialogue that these two manage to throw out at the other characters is fascinating and usually allows me to see things from another perspective that I may not have been aware of. These two combined with Yui, who has an energetic and bubbly personality, make up a club that is supposed to help out those who come to them in need. It’s a nice change of pace from your typical male leads since Hachiman clearly has his own issues which many can relate to. Instead of going out of his way to help others, he’d rather go along with the flow and keep to himself but obviously that isn’t the case due to the nature of his club. I’d recommend Oregairu to anyone who enjoys comedies, drama, and in general, people who enjoy shows focused on high school life.
You can watch Oregairu on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all countries)
8. Hataraku Maou-sama! – Spring 2013
This was an unexpected surprise for the Spring 2013 anime season for me. The premise alone sounds a bit ridiculous with a former demon king having to flee to the human world and having to work in the service industry to pay for his living expenses. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this show to me was how we get to see these foreign demons and heroes trying to adjust to their new lives within the normal human world. They manage combine serious battle scenes and situations with over the top comedy really well throughout the series and managed to keep me interested the whole way through. Definitely a fun series to watch and I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in comedies, and supernatural series!
7. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen (TWGOK: Goddesses) – Summer 2013
The general plot for TWGOK is that Keima is a master at conquering women but only through dating sims and video games. He’s forced to sway the hearts of girls around his town in order to free them from being possessed by demons. If you’ve followed TWGOK, the first two seasons didn’t really have much of a plot but rather stories revolved around individual character arcs and Keima’s conquest to capture their hearts. The third season changes pace and has a clear direction in terms of plot which the entire season builds towards. Keima has to revisit his past conquests and reconquer them in order to bring out goddesses residing within them in order to save the world. My only issue with series was the fact that they failed to cover a few key characters in previous seasons so you have to rely on flashbacks and a quick recap at the beginning of the season to know who they are. I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a unique twist on the harem genre, comedies, and romance!
You can watch The World God Only Knows: Goddesses on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
6. High School DxD New – Summer 2013
One of my favourite ecchi series that happens to have a decent shounen style plot underneath it’s fanservice. High School DxD New is the second season in the High School DxD franchise where Issei is killed by a mysterious fallen angel and then revived as a demon by Rias, a school mate and a club leader at his school. We get to see Issei progress in controlling his demon abilities while inching closer to his dream of becoming the harem king. DxD New continues on from where the previous season left off and we get introduced to more characters such as the leader of the angels as well as the fallen angels. The second season focuses more on the political aspect of their world by dealing with issues regarding the three factions. I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good fanservice show, harems, comedies, and action series!