Five More Q4 2013 Anime That Are Totally Worth A Watch

Five More Q4 2013 Anime That Are Totally Worth A Watch

With the summer holidays coming up, you may find yourself with a little free time and no anime to watch. Luckily, this season has several excellent anime you should already be watching. But what if you’ve already watched those? Well, luckily those aren’t the only great anime to come out this season.

Outbreak Company

Currently at: Episode 9 (of 12)

Genre: Comedy, Western Fantasy, Harem Romance

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: After taking an online test proving him to be one of the most “otaku” of otaku, Shinichi finds himself drafted by the Japanese government to be the ambassador to another reality. His task? To bring Japan’s greatest export (read: otaku fandom) to this medieval fantasy world.

Why You Should Watch It: Outbreak Company is a funny anime filled to the brim with slapstick and fish-out-of-water humour. It is also a celebration of otaku culture — especially anime and games. But beneath the surface, it is far deeper than it appears. It looks at the darkness of societal class systems and racism as well as the problems (and dangers) that occur when someone decides to challenge the Zeitgeist.

Why It Didn’t Make the “Should Be Watching” List: Much of the humour in Outbreak Company is focused on hardcore Otaku knowledge to the point of exclusion. Unless you know about things like the terminology behind boys love tropes or the history of dating sims in Japan, many of the jokes in Outbreak Company will go right over your head.

Watch It If You Liked: Ixion Saga DT

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll.

Log Horizon

Currently at: Episode 8 (of 25)

Genre: Sci-fi

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: One day, hundreds of thousands of people from across the world awaken to find themselves physically trapped inside the world’s most popular MMORPG. Unable to contact the outside world — or even confirm its existence — enchanter Shiroe and his friends set out to explore the online world that has become their new reality.

Why You Should Watch It: Log Horizon is a thought experiment exploring the implications of living in a video game world — a world quite different from our own. It is a world without death and a world without base survival needs (i.e., room and board). But more than that, it is a world where the inhabitants are suddenly forced to build a new society from the ground up.

Why It Didn’t Make the “Should Be Watching” List: Frankly, Log Horizon is one of those anime that is a bit slow to get started. At first, you might as well just be watching people playing an MMORPG. However, once the initial story arc is over, it quickly becomes far more interesting.

Watch It If You Liked: Maoyuu, Sword Art Online, .hack series

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

Strike the Blood

Currently at: Episode 8 (of 25)

Genre: Modern Fantasy, Fighting

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: In a world much like our own, three vampires, the “Primogenitors,” rule the world. Each serves to balance the others, creating a fragile peace that’s lasted for hundreds of years. However, in a small artificial island off the coast of Japan, a normal high school-aged boy finds that he has become the “Fourth Primogenitor” and that his very existence is bringing the world ever closer to the edge of disaster.

Why You Should Watch It: There’s a lot to like about Strike the Blood: It has great animation, cool-looking battles, and enjoyable characters. But its strongest point is its setting — one that shows just how easy it is for the world to go spinning out of control. Regardless of what Akatsuki, the Fourth Primogenitor, wants, there are few willing to let such a powerful player live in peace — not the vampires and especially not the humans who count on the endless stalemate for the world to survive. The only question is how Akatsuki will respond to everything going on around him.

Why It Didn’t Make the “Should Be Watching” List: While Strike the Blood started strong, after the first arc, the anime became all too willing to fall back on typical harem anime clichés and other well-worn tropes that sadly serve to dilute the story rather than enhance it. More than that though, for a fighting anime, it is important that the antagonists seem like a real threat — either physically or cerebrally. So far, the villains have all been painfully one dimensional and obviously outclassed — especially when Akatsuki has his friends on hand to help.

Watch It If You Liked: Blood+, Busou Renkin

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

Golden Time

Currently at: Episode 9 (of 24)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Tada Bandri has entered a Tokyo law school in the hopes of starting a new life far away from home. Soon, he finds himself befriending pretty boy Mitsuo as well as Mitsuo’s eternal stalker with a crush Kouko. Together, the three of them struggle to define themselves, their feelings, and discover how they fit into the world.

Why You Should Watch It: Rare is the show that balances its comedy and romance as well as Golden Time. Indeed, while there is a lot of both comedy and romance to be found in this anime, the two stay separate — allowing for the show to steer clear of the vast majority of rom-com clichés. Add on top of that a few major plot twists and a collection of likable, interesting characters and you have a show that’s very much worth a watch.

Why It Didn’t Make the “Should Be Watching” List: Like more than a few 24-episode anime, Golden Time starts slow. While enjoyable on a basic comedy level, even six episodes in it’s hard to tell where exactly the story is heading — or what kind of story is being told. The addition of a supernatural element to the whole story a few episodes in also seems more than a little unnecessary and out-of-place in an anime that seems bound to reality in every other instance.

Watch It If You Liked: NANA

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

Valvrave the Liberator 2nd Season

Currently at: Episode 8 (of 12)

Genre: Mecha, Sci-fi

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Valvrave is the story of a group of teens who become Gundam-piloting body-swapping space vampires after their country is conquered by the equivalent of space-nazis. This, the second season, deals with our heroes bringing their mecha to Earth in an attempt to contact (and hopefully rescue) their countrymen still trapped in their conquered nation.

Why You Should Watch It: Consequences. Valvrave is a series all about consequences. There are no easy outs and happy endings are few and far between. The supporting cast is painfully mortal and events can go from happily peaceful to excruciatingly violent in mere seconds. It is a series that always keeps you on your toes — only letting you get settled so it can knock you off your feet again.

Why It Didn’t Make the “Should Be Watching” List: With some of the main characters effectively written off the show and the removal of the first season’s unique setting, the start of Valvrave‘s second season isn’t all that captivating. More than that, it takes a while before it get backs into the swing of doling out sudden crazy twists and heaps of emotional despair.

Watch It If You Liked: Gundam Seed, Valvrave the Liberator (Season One)

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll, Daisuki

Now that you’ve read my recommendations for five more anime you should be watching this season, you may wonder why your favourite series is still absent. There are four potential reasons: (1) I think it is terrible (or at least not quite as good as the 10 we’ve looked at); (2) it is the second/third/fourth season of an anime and I haven’t seen the first; (3) it is an anime continuing from last season; or (4) it simply didn’t cross my radar.

If you feel the need for even more anime to watch, be sure to check out the five anime of last season you should have watched and the five anime of mid 2013 you should have watched.


  • Kyousougiga is worth a watch currently at episode 7 – Interesting art style
    Arpeggio of Blue Steel is also growing on me at the moment it is on episode 8. – Interesting concept
    Kill la Kill is something that all Anime fans should at least look at (from the people who brought us Gurren Lagann) – My pick of the season for it’s over the top story and characters.

    We are very lucky to be able to enjoy such consistently good seasons of Anime, Every season we are seeing at least 5-10 Anime worth watching and a few that grow on you if you invest the time.
    The work of even American studios (Legend of Korra series) is improving and making stuff that is well worth the watch and is natively in english.
    Being a fan of anime in the last 5 years has been truly rewarding, watching various series come and go (Bleach, Fairy tail, Soul Eater, d. gray man) has been excellent entertainment value that no live action movie or tv series could provide. Digging through older series has been a most enjoyable experience too (Trigun Gurren Lagann, Outlaw Star) Even my kids get in on it now and we have our series that we watch together, It truly is a great time to be an Otaku.

  • I said this in the last thread and i’ll say it again.

    The top 8 shows of the season are as follows. There are some other fun shows but these are the best.

    Kill la Kill
    Kyoukai no Kanata
    Valvrave S2
    Log Horizon
    Samurai Flamenco
    Yowamushi Pedal

    Nagi no askura is good, but also boring and melodramatic. Blue steel is un-watchable due to horrible CGI.

    • The CGI in Blue Steel is awkward (the character animation in particular is bad) but the setting & plot make up for it.

      Once you’ve watched the helicopter scene from Golgo 13: The Professional, it takes something truly special to qualify as “horrible CGI”. (Google it and watch it if you don’t know the scene I mean.)

      I would probably peg Kyoukai no Kanata as the best show of this season, although the parallels with Strike the Blood are weird sometimes.

      Altogether this is the best anime season we’ve had for a while. There’s a good variety of settings & genres, with a relative minority of really bad shows.

  • How did they forget RWBY (16 of 16) and don’t give me its not jap so its not anime = animation, leave your preconceived notions at home.
    Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea) ep 9 fantastic art style with romance and drama
    Kyousougiga ep 7 again with fantastic art design with a grate tale of love that is then lost
    Arpeggio of Blue Steel ep 8 action drama with battleships
    Miss Monochrome – The Animation ep 9 Funny shorts with silly humor

    • RWBY has been discussed on the website, and it’s NOT AN ANIME. If anime = animation then why aren’t we talking about French or American cartoons, too? I’m all for propping those into the limelight, but this particular article isn’t the place for that.

  • I’d like to get into all this but why are so many based in high school???
    What is good for a 35yr old that isn’t about school, robots or vampires? Oh and no romance plots too.
    I love studio gibli and that Ninja movie.
    Any good samurai anime that is historical without demons and romance?

    • I don’t really understand either, but a load of older viewers are interested in High School anime, it seems. IMO, the best introduction to anime is either Fairy Tail or Naruto, both of which have little romance and are full of action. They’re fantasy, but no school, robots or vampires!!!

  • Kil la Kil is an absolute must if you want absolutely over the top hilarity. It’s just carves it’s own niche among st the other shows this season. Not for everyone, but definitely something to try. It’s like the distilled over the topness of the Gurren-Lagann experience.

    Golden Time is so far a pretty good effort in the obligatory romcom of the season. So far really enjoying the balance of romance, comedy and substance with the show taking advantage of the 24 eps and pacing itself well.

    Strike the Blood is basically a bit of an indulgence. You know the premise is basically the same as a million other anime out there but you can’t help but enjoy it anyway. Animation is good, artwork is appealing, setting is fun. With 24 eps, I hope they really make use of how much creative space they get to work with.

    Kyoukai Kanata is very much in the same boat as Strike the Blood. It’s not gonna be your literature magnum opus but heck, it’s fun to watch and the animation is superb. Pacing is a little slow considering it’s 13 eps , but then again I’m a sucker for these sorts of shows.

    Unbreakable Machine Doll is actually again, similar to both StB and KK. Same genre as the previous but the steampunk/magic setting sets it apart from the latter. Characters are predictable, runs the classic fanservice jokes but honestly finding it still an enjoyable experience regardless. However with 12 episodes, it’s definitely rushing at a breakneck pace.

    Overall, really enjoying this anime season among the previous ones. Definitely more anime suited towards the action fix I’ve been itching to get for a while.

  • Being a Gaming Site I’m glad log Horizon is listed and it is actually something I’m enjoying to watch.

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