The red hot summer anime season is here and that means new anime like Free! and Danganronpa, but what about the ones returning for a new season? What about the rebooted Rozen Maiden series? Let’s take a look at some of the impressions left by these returning anime.

Let’s begin with the highly anticipated 2013 reboot of Peach Pit’s hit manga series Rozen Maiden. The reboot fired on all cylinders and according to some Japanese blog reviews of the first episode, it was like watching the two entire seasons of the previous series. Right from the opening, it is clear that the anime wants to catch up with the manga as they have revealed the [SPOILER] college Jun Sakurada. Episiode 1 basically felt like a recap episode for both previous seasons and begs the question, is it a remake or just a new season?  (More anime here on SGCafe via this link)

Compared to to the 2004 anime, the 2013 version looks better from a visual standpoint.

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From Peach Pit’s Rozen Maiden to the first part of NisiOisin’s Monogatari Series second season titled Nekomonogatari: Shiro. According to some Japanese anime blogs, it was as what you would expect from a NisiOisin work; lots of symbolism, thought provoking dialogue, and a lot of character development… and fan service, definitely some fan service. The episode shows a lot of Hitagi and Hanekawa and a little bit of Mayoi at the beginning. The visuals look nice and definitely still has the Monogatari and NisiOisin feel to it.

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Now we go to the return of the loli basketball-fest titled Ro-Kyu Bu SS. As expected, this show will definitely induce some HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG! with the actions of the main female cast. The new season picks up from where the first season left off and introduces some new characters including a pair of twin little sisters , a rival team (Lolicons rejoice) and Tomoka’s father. As expected, there is still fan service, some shipping and some major trouble brewing ahead (uh-oh).

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Finally, we go to the latest season of Senki Zesshou Symphogear G. Even with it just being episode one, the series has already established that “This is Symphogear” simply by the sheer number of transformation sequences, the over-the-top action sequences, and the playfulness that you will find on every Symphogear episode. The fast-paced action which is predominant in the episode can never be possible without somebody our heroines can fight against; Enter Maria Cadenzavna Eve. The introduction of this musical new villain guarantees that this new season will definitely pack in the action. Expect a lot of BOOM and pew pew pew in this one… … Oh, and the music is nice too.

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