Winter 2013 Anime Releases
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Last Updated: Feb 7 2013 - 9:27pm EST
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in alphabetical order - number of eps if known
Recommended Groups: the (probably) better groups subbing it/group I'm watching/only group
Summary: taken from a site or the 1st ep if I can't find any info
My First Impressions: I give my first impressions honestly, I do have specific tastes and I don't expect you to think the same thing as me, but it's there for those who know whether they have similar or very different tastes from me.
Link: link to more info

Amnesia - 12+ eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub, Commie, Hybrid Fansubs
Summary: When the heroine regains consciousness in an unfamiliar place, she has suddenly lost all memories of everything that happened before August 1. What is this place, and what was she doing there, Who is she, and what sort of life had she lived. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Ep1 was actually really boring. The animation and art is rather mediocre. The eyes are just weirding me out. The guys who are actually bishie get very little screen time. I will give this one or two more episodes, but I do not have high hopes.
Link: ANN

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman - 12+ eps
Groups: WhyNot?
Summary: ?
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

GJ-bu - 12+ eps
Groups: Anime-Koi
Summary: Within the old school building of a certain high school, is the clubroom of the GJ (Good Job) Club, into which Shinomiya Kyouya finds himself forcibly conscripted. The other members are: Mao, the short and egotistical president; Megumi, Mao's sister who's as generous as an angel; Shion, a genius lacking in common sense; and Kirara, who is perpetually hungry.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Haitai Nanafa - 13 eps
Groups: Sigh & Kaylith Subs
Summary: The story of Haitai Nanafa revolves around an energetic middle school girl named Nanafa Kyan. Nanafa lives in Okinawa with her grandmother who runs the "Kame Soba" soba shop, her beautiful older sister Nao who is in high school, and her younger sister Kokona, who is in elementary school and has a strong ability to sense the supernatural. One day, Nanafa witnesses a seal fall off of a Chinese banyan tree, and three spirits who live in that tree are unleashed. These spirits include Niina and Raana, who are "jimunaa" spirits. The third spirit is Iina, who is an incarnation of an Okinawan lion statue. As spirits start appearing one after another, the peaceful life of Nanafa and her family begins to change.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun - 12+ eps
Groups: Anime-Koi, Sigh
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... [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Somewhat interesting so far after 2 eps. The art is a bit mediocre, but otherwise, the plot and characters are interesting enough. Will give it at least another ep or two.
Link: anidb

Mangirl! - ? eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: We're going to launch a manga magazine. A team of girls with zero experience in manga editing are off and running toward their dream of creating the biggest manga magazine in Japan, They seem to do nothing but run into problems and failures... But still they're working hard every day. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

Kotoura-san - 12+ eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: The school fantasy story follows Kotoura Haruka, a girl who recently transfered to a new school. Kotoura happens to be able to read people's minds, and she joins the school's ESP club.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Line Offline Salaryman - ? eps
Groups: Ruri Subs & Saizen
Summary: The anime shorts are set in the fictional Line Corporation with a motley crew of idiosyncratic workers. There is the narcissistic section head and president's son James, the subsection head Moon (who is always gone somewhere but somehow gets his work done), the quiet but kindhearted subsection head Brown, and the subordinate Connie who is in an endless loop of yo-yo diets and weight gains.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 12+ eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub, Anime-Koi, Hadena-Subs, FFFpeeps, Commie
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. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: I tried watching this. After ep2, I'm bored. The story goes at a weird pace, the characters are just dumb, and I can't stand the "romance" between the two of them. <not continuing unless highly recommended>
Link: ANN

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? - ? eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub
Summary: The story follows Sakamaki Izayoi, a boy bored with the entire world. One day, an envelope arrives for him. The moment Izayoi opens the envelope, he is transported to an alternate world. There, he discovers that two other problem children were transported by envelopes as well — a taciturn girl named Kasukabe You with a cat, and a beautiful yet haughty girl named Kudou Asuka. A girl named Kuro Usagi (Black Rabbit) summoned the three to the community No Name to overthrow the devil.
My First Impressions: <coming soon?>
Link: ANN

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru - 12+ eps
Groups: Commie, Rori Subs, Oni Fansubs
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. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

Sasami-san at Ganbaranai - 12+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, FFFpeeps, Commie
Summary: Sasami Tsukuyomi has been attempting to pass her first year of high school despite being a shut in. Fortunately, her older brother Kamiomi happens to be a teacher at the school she is supposed to attend. With the use of the “Brother Surveillance Tool” she can view the outside world via her computer. Theoretically it should be helping her adjust to interfacing with people again... Instead, it's giving her an up close and personal view of the very odd Yagami sisters who have various types of “interest” in Kamiomi. It looks like Sasami will have to take off her pajamas and go out into the “real” world to set things straight in Sasami-san@Ganabaranai.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Other Comments: <ninotachi> sasami@ganbaranai is... a shaft work, made while on lsd. I'd like to see where it goes at least.
Link: ANN

Senran Kagura - 12+ eps
Groups: Hiryuu Fansubs, SubDESU
Summary: There was a time when there were ninja serving the powerful, hired for intelligence missions, destruction, or assassination. While the times have changed, the need for ninja has not vanished. In a particular school, there are girls who are secretly in training to become ninja. Ninjas-in-training, Asuka, Katsuragi, Hibari, Ikaruga, and Yagyuu each have a secret technique scroll that they protect at all times. This features their tumultuous school life as they pursue the path of the ninja! [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Senyuu - 12+ eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: In the story, a gigantic hole suddenly opened up in the world one day, and demons appeared. The king thinks that this portends the return of the demon king Rukimedesu, who was sealed away by the hero Kureashion a millenium ago. The king decreed that the descendants of the hero must take on the threat, and 75 people showed up. Hero No. 45 (Aruba) and a sadistic palace warrior (Ross) team up, and their adventure begins.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Tamako Market - 12+ eps
Groups: GotWoot Fansubs, Mazui, Commie, Hadena-Subs
Summary: Tamako is a mochi-loving high-school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town's shopping district. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family's shop and develops new mochi. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Other Comments: <ninotachi> tamako market is cute but it could easily be flat, this one is on a short lease
Link: anidb

Vividred Operation - 12+ eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub & Hybrid Fansubs, Commie
Summary: Here in a world where science has solved all questions. This story is set 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. It is a peaceful future, just like everyone dreamed of. One where everyone can smile and be happy... But suddenly, the world is visited by danger. An unknown enemy, the Alone, appear, targeting the Manifestation Engine. As none of their weapons worked and they fell into despair, a lone girl takes a stand wearing a red "Pallet Suit" which wields a great, hidden power. Before long, allies gather around her to fight. And their friendship becomes the only hope for saving the world!
My First Impressions: <coming soon?>
Link: ANN

Yama no Susume - 12+ eps
Groups: SHiN-gx Fansubs, Commie
Summary: Aoi and Hinata promised that they would again see the sunrise they had seen at the apex of a mountain as young children. As time passes by, somehow without any apparent reasons, Aoi becomes acrophobic, Will they ever see the sunrise together again. A piece that became popular in a fanzine is now out on manga.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

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envirosphere - list of all new unlicensed releases
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anidb - anime database, similar to animenfo
animenfo - anime database, some manga too
Anime News Network - news and anime/manga encyclopedia
Black-rogue - forums with reviews (by someone I know)
AnimeSuki - unlicensed BT database, forum includes current series dicussion
tokyotosho - BT for anime/manga including raws
Anime Planet - anime recommendation database (not the best for new series, but great in general for summaries, screenshots, and recommendations)
MangaNews - list of all new unlicensed manga releases
Baka-Updates Manga - list of all new manga releases