Fall 2012 was, in general, a good season to me.  It had several weird but interesting shows.  I ended up following more shows than I anticipated.  I wish I had blogged about more series, but not all of them fit my criteria and time was limited.  My highlights of Fall 2012 were From the New World, Robotics;Notes, My Little Monster, and Magi.

For Winter 2013 I plan on continuing blogging about From the New World.  As far as new shows, Winter 2013 does not look very strong, but I have a couple of possibilities to blog about.  The blogging schedule will be as follows: from the New World on Tuesdays, Kotoura-san on Thursdays, and a possible and still undecided third series on Saturdays.  

I am glad to be back and blogging but for now, happy anime viewing.  
 
 
Episode 11
Synopsis
The first half of the episode focused on Yamaguchi.  He seems to be used to always getting his way, but he is struggling on how to react around Shizuku.  The episode also took another look into Haru's past.  We first saw about Haru and Yamaguchi's relationship when they were little.  From another flashback we could pick up that Yuuzan has reasons to hate Haru, but he cannot do it.  The episode ends with a hug between Haru and Shizuku, and another of their weird and melancholic exchanges.

Analysis
Episode 11 of My Little Monster was absolutely great.  It is one of the strongest in my opinion.  It was nice to see a bit more about Yamaguchi's life and personality.  The series continues to do a great job combining weirdness, comedy, drama and melancholy.  On a side note, Chizuru's little sister made a couple of appearances.  I wish we had more of her because she seems like a potential cool character.  This great episode gets a 10 out of 10.


Episode 12
Synopsis
In episode 12 the series shifted its attention to the great Natsume.  As expected she is still struggling with her feelings for Mitsuyoshi.  Natsume has in general a problem interacting with other males (especially school mates) around her.  Natsume is also a very lonely and under confident girl, who pretends to have things under control.  Later, everyone goes to a shrine for New Year's Eve.  Afterwards, on the roof of Haru's home, Natsume appears to confess to Mitsuyoshi.

Analysis
I was hoping for this episode to settle the Natsume-Mitsuyoshi once and for all, but it did not.  Episode 12 of My Little Monster was not that great and felt uneventful.  Hoping for a strong finale, I give this episode a 8 out of 10.


Episode 13
Synopsis
The episode began with Haru looking desperately for something.  He ran into Shizuku, Natsume, Sasayan and Yamaguchi.  He accidentally dropped something with each of them.  This caused them, and almost all the rest of the characters, to meet at the batting center.  At the end of the episode Shizuku ran into Haru on the stairs by her place.  Both saw together what appeared to be a winter firefly, which was what Haru was so desperately looking for.  

Analysis
The final episode of My Little Monster did not feel much like a conclusion.  Nothing was solved!.  There is not much to analyze.  The most interesting part of the episode for me was Chizuru's little sister running into a wondering Nagoya (Haru's rooster).  The series seems to be the first season of a continuing franchise, but to me a second season is doubtful.  This episode gets a 7 out of 10.


In general My Little Monster was a fun and entertaining series.  All the main characters are interesting and easy to root for.  I want to give a big commendation to the artists and animators of this series.  Although, the character and background designs were simplistic, they were very well done.  The facial expressions on the characters were very effective in conveying emotions.  The story and character are quite intriguing, and I hope we get more anime.
 
 
Episode 11
Synopsis
A new male student, Ryou, is ready to join the group.  But Saki and Satoru began suspecting the origins of this student.  They start investigating and suspect that their memories were manipulated.  Alongside with Maria (Mamoru is left out because he is too fragile), Saki and Satoru get ready to further investigate, when they are taken to speak with the chairwoman of the Ethics Committee, Tomiko Asahina.  She also happens to be Satoru's grandmother.

Analysis
Episode 11 was another intriguing one that has set up the main protagonists to another investigation.  It is kind of cruel to try to make the group forget about Shun through manipulation.  This episode gets a 8 out of 10.


Episode 12
Synopsis
It turns out that Tomiko Asahina wants Saki to inherit her position because Saki has kept a level headed and open mind throughout all the ordeals.  Tomiko also told Saki about a case of a male student who went into a murderous streak after becoming a Ogre.  There was also a case of a girl who had to die because she became a Karmic Demon because she leaked power.  At the end of the episode Mamoru disappears, and his friends decide to look for him.

Analysis
Episode 12 was very strong.  It was nice to learn more about the truth.  I want to highlight that this episode had a nice color palette with the white, snowy backgrounds and the colorful outfits worn by  the characters.  Episode 12 gets a 10 out of 10.


Episode 13
Synopsis
After vigorously looking for him (especially Maria), Mamoru was found.  It turns out that Mamoru heard his friends whispering about their memories being manipulated and people who had disappeared.  He fled after being confronted by the Trickster Cat twice.  At the end of the episode Saki realized that it was going to be very difficult to bring Mamoru back to the village.

Analysis
Episode 13 was also strong.  There is not much to comment; except for the fact that I do not understand why Mamoru is being hunted.  He seems so inoffensive.  Hoping that From the New World continues to be strong in the second half, this episode gets a 9 out of 10.   

[I will blog about episodes 14 and 15 next week after the latter airs]
 
 
Synopsis
Saki encountered a Trickster Cat but managed to defeat it.  She found Shun, but he had turned into a Karmic Demon.  Shun explained to Saki that essentially humans leak power.  Suggestions and mantras  are used to control this leakage, but when the subconscious takes over the mind, humans cannot be stopped and ultimately turn into Karmic Demons, capable of destroying and transforming their surroundings.  Shun decided to let himself be killed by his out of control power in order to protect Saki and his loved ones.

Analysis
Episode 10 of From the New World was great.  I was really impressed with how the animation and direction enhanced this emotional and very revealing episode.  I feel bad for Saki because she saw her beloved Shun suffer and die because of his powers.  Before dying Shun was able to tell Saki that he had always loved her.  Sadly, Saki was not able to confess her love to Shun.  I am still very impressed by this series, and it gets better with every episode.  I give this episode a 10 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Natsume decided to have a Christmas party at Haru's (and Mitsuyoshi's) home.  Everyone showed up, including Yamaguchi and his hang.  There could have been potential for romantic problems.  For the most part these were dealt in a funny and entertaining way.  Except when Yamaguchi kept pressing  Haru's buttons with Shizuku.  Haru seemed  ready to seriously hurt Yamaguchi.  At the end of the episode Shizuku confessed to Haru that she is in love with him.

Analysis
Episode 10 of My Little Monster was another strong one.  Apart from Shizuku's love confession, three  interesting things occurred.  First, Sasayan has realized and more or less accepted that he has lost Natsume's  love to Mitsuyoshi.  Second, Natsume confronted Yamaguchi and asked him to stay away from Shizuku and Haru.  Third, Yamaguchi's friends remembered an incident in grade school when Haru pushed someone (from a high place?).  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.

[I apologize for the delay.]   
 
 
Synopsis
Shun had been absent from Unified Class, and the children (well, now teenagers) were worried that something bad might have happened to him.  Saki and Satoru went looking for him at a town named Pinewood.  They did not find him, but apparently something bad had happened at that town.  After a conversation with her parents about the whereabouts of Shun, Saki recalled that she apparently used to have a brother, who was possibly eliminated by the Ethics Committee.  Saki went alone to look for Shun after Maria told her that he might be in real danger.

Analysis
Episode 9 of From the New World was very interesting.  It is clear now that Shun is in a lot of trouble with the Ethics Committee.  It is also evident that Saki cares deeply about Shun.  Probably the biggest development in this episode was that some of the rumors about the adults killing certain children/young people might be true.  This series becomes more intriguing with each new episode.  I am very happy that this series is so interesting.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Upon waking up, Shizuku was greeted by a breaking and entering Haru, and the bad news that Shizuku's dad's store had gone under (for the sixth time!).  Shizuku immediately got to work on it and could not spend much time with her friends, who were doing a study group.  Shizuku also remembered when her mom decided to work, apparently, as a result of her dad's ineptitude.  

While at a restaurant, Natsume and Sasayan ran into a pair of gossiping girls, who talked bad things about Asako.  When Mitsuyoshi suddenly showed up, Natsume could not hide her happiness for him being there.  Yamaguchi ran into Shizuku at the library and chatted about Haru.  In the next to last scene, Haru asked Yamaguchi if he was in love with Shizuku.  Yamaguchi replied if there was a problem with it.

Analysis
Episode 9 of My Little Monster was full of revelations and surprises.  To start, the fact that Shizuku's mom is a working woman reveals why the daughter wants to follow an independent path.  Natsume keeps being cute, and her behavior indicates that she might be in love with Mitsuyoshi; poor Sasayan.  Finally, Yamaguchi seems to be falling for Shizuku, and a confrontation (possibly very ugly) between him and Haru.  This episode also seems to set the table for the conclusion of the series.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.    
 
 
Synopsis
Two years have passed, and the children are now 14 years old.  Lots of things seem to have changed.  Most notably the fact that the students at Unified Class appear to be encouraged to have homosexual relationships; Shun and Satoru are a couple, Saki is with Maria and poor Mamoru has a one sided crush with Maria.  After Shun broke up with Satoru, the former began to act strange.  Shun later told Saki that he (and possibly the rest of the children) is probably going to be punished for what happened two years earlier.

Analysis
Episode 8 of From the New World was powerful.  The relationships between the characters have evolved, but they seem to still care a great deal for each other.  There is not much to analyze story-wise.  The next episode will probably have more story progression.  This anime keeps throwing more curve balls, but it adds more to the intrigue of this daring story.  This episode gets a 9 out of  10.
 
 
Synopsis
The school held a cultural festival, and Haru's class hosted a horror house.  The episode was quite eventful.  Yamaguchi ran into Shizuku, and she decided to invited to hang out.  As a result, Haru felt jealous and while trying to hit Yamaguchi, accidentally punched Shizuku.  Yuuzan also showed up, and Haru almost recreated an incident from elementary school (beating a girl?; Chizuru in this case).  At the end of the episode Shizuku was a bit more sincere with Haru and asked him for time to think about their relationship.

Analysis
Episode 8 of My Little Monster was quite interesting and revealing.  First, Yamaguchi continues to give hints that he seriously likes Shizuku.  Haru's almost recreation of the incident from the past hints at the possibility that Haru might have serious psychological issues.  I am also glad that Sasayan and Natsume received more screen time; she continues to be cute and adorable (although, Mitsuyoshi consoling her was kind of creepy).  Overall, this very good episode gets a 10 out of 10.  
 
 
Synopsis
A tired Satoru did the best he could to not be over powered by the Ground Spiders.  Things looked dire for Saki, Satoru and Squera but were saved by the biggest monster rat colony, Giant Hornet, and its leader, Kiroumaru.  However, Satoru and Saki fled because they feared the Ethics Committee had ordered Kiroumaru to kill them for hearing the Minoshiro.  Saki and Satoru found the other children, and were secretly aided by the Giant Hornet colony to return home.  Saki also helped Shun to unseal his power. 

Analysis
Episode 7 of From the New World was largely uneventful.  The most interesting thing to me was learning that there are powerful monster rats colonies like the Giant Hornet.  Another interesting thing was the less than cheerful reflections of Saki when finally returning home.  Next episode has a time jump.  Episode 7 gets a 8 out of 10.